Robert Henri, American, 1865 - 1929
oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hirschl
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American and Western American
Robert Henri, who was one of the most charismatic teachers of the first half of the twentieth century, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and at the Académie Julian in Paris. As an instructor at the New York School of Art (established by William Merritt Chase), he electrified several generations of students, who were encouraged to paint the life they knew. As figure painters, they favored realism, rather than academic idealism. One of his students declared: “Life certainly did that day stride into a life class.” The flamboyant Chase was also a popular teacher.