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A striking print of Himself by Robert Henri (American School 1865—1929) tipped into its own thick portfolio with information and provenance of the work enclosed. Folio is made of thick vintage textured paper with a lovely patina.

10" x 13"

Commentary on the work of art circa date of printing:

“We are so accustomed today to scenes of everyday life in our American paintings it is hard to realize that the realistic treatment of such subject matter was once considered revolutionary, not to mention in very dubious taste, indeed. The revolt against academic painting and the pseudo-aesthetic the sugary studio models in fancy costumes, the sentimentalized landscapes dates back to 1908, and its leader was Robert Henri (although back of Henri was the greater figure of Thomas Eakins with his passion for naturalism and scientific accuracy). Allied with Henri were such painters as John Sloan, George Luks, William Glackens, Everett Shinn and others; "the Eight," they were called, although they were also called "the Ash-Can School."

Robert Henri was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1865, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and at Julien's and the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He taught for some years at the Women's School of Design in Philadelphia, then returned to Paris for three years. After 1899, he worked for the most part in New York, building an equal reputation as a creative teacher at the Art Students' League and other schools, and as a painter whose canvases were notable for their warmth and vigor. Perhaps a greater teacher than a painter, a robust personality quick to recognize talent in others and generous in his encouragement, he influenced younger painters as varied as Edward Hopper and Eugene Speicher. His most brilliant pupil was George Bellows.

The portrait, Himself, may be seen at The Art Institute of Chicago.”