Robert Henri

American, 1865–1929

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Robert Henri

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American, 1865–1929

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Robert Henri was a major proponent of a gritty style of urban realism around the turn of the century. His style was shaped by early years in Europe in the 1890s, where he discovered the vigorous brushwork of William Gedney Bunce, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Édouard Manet, and Diego Velázquez. Upon his return, Henri worked against the grain of New York City’s more conservative art establishment and, with a group of artists who came to be known as The Eight, helped organize an independent exhibition in 1908. This group (the core of what would come to be known as the Ashcan School) broke new ground by focusing on realistic, often gritty scenes of everyday urban life. Painting portraits of people from all classes, from street children to foreigners to high society women, Henri democratized a genre up until that point generally reserved for the wealthy. Henri's work is characterized by bold brushstrokes and thickly applied paint, and his palette gradually grew more vibrant as his interest in color theory developed.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Biography

Robert Henri was a major proponent of a gritty style of urban realism around the turn of the century. His style was shaped by early years in Europe in the 1890s, where he discovered the vigorous brushwork of William Gedney Bunce, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Édouard Manet, and Diego Velázquez. Upon his return, Henri worked against the grain of New York City’s more conservative art establishment and, with a group of artists who came to be known as The Eight, helped organize an independent exhibition in 1908. This group (the core of what would come to be known as the Ashcan School) broke new ground by focusing on realistic, often gritty scenes of everyday urban life. Painting portraits of people from all classes, from street children to foreigners to high society women, Henri democratized a genre up until that point generally reserved for the wealthy. Henri's work is characterized by bold brushstrokes and thickly applied paint, and his palette gradually grew more vibrant as his interest in color theory developed.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
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