Robert Henri
1865–1929

Introduction

Robert Henri (; June 24, 1865 – July 12, 1929) was an American painter and teacher.

As a young man, he studied in Paris, where he identified strongly with the Impressionists, and determined to lead an even more dramatic revolt against American academic art, as reflected by the conservative National Academy of Design. Together with a small team of enthusiastic followers, he pioneered the Ashcan School of American realism, depicting urban life in an uncompromisingly brutalist style. By the time of the Armory Show, America's first large-scale introduction to European Modernism (1913), Henri was mindful that his own representational technique was being made to look dated by new movements such as Cubism, though he was still ready to champion avant-garde painters such as Henri Matisse and Max Weber.

Henri was named as one of the top three living American artists by the Arts Council of New York.

Wikidata identifier

Q724860

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Introduction

Painter; a leading figure of the Ashcan School of American realism. He was an organizer of the group known as "The Eight," a loose association of artists who protested the restrictive exhibition practices of the National Academy of Design. Comment on works: Genre

Country of birth

United States

Roles

Artist, director, landscapist, lecturer, painter, teacher

ULAN identifier

500005486

Names

Robert Henri, Robert Henry Cozad, Henri, Robert Earl Henri

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