Please note that this is a book plate.
This 90+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the verso.
This piece was illustrated by Henri, Robert. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.
Robert Henri was an American artist and teacher, born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1865. He was the son of a businessman and professional gambler. When Henri was in his late teens his father was indicted for manslaughter in Denver, where they had moved in 1881. The scandal induced them to flee, under a different name, to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Henri studied under Thomas Anshutz, Thomas Hovenden, and James B. Kelly at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he had enrolled in 1886. He then went to Paris in 1888 and studied under Adolphe-William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury at the Academy Julian. He returned to the United States late in 1891 and by 1892 was again studying at the Pennsylvania Academy.
Robert Henri also had an influential career as an art teacher. While studying at the Pennsylvania Academy, he also taught at the School of Design for Women until 1895. He also was becoming well acquainted with "The Eight," artists who would later be best known for their one exceptionally successful exhibition at the Macbeth Galleries in 1908-- art which challenged the traditions of art at that time.
Henri's frequent trips to Paris exposed him to the influence of Edouard Manet, Frans Hals, and Diego Velazquez. In 1899 the Musee National du Luxembourg bought one of his paintings.
From 1902-08 he taught at the New York School of Art. While there, in 1906 he was elected to the National Academy of Design and during the summer he also taught in Spain. In 1907 the works from Henri's circle were refused for exhibition in the academy's annual show. In response to this he decided to put on an independent exhibition. It was held in February of 1908, and became known as the famous show of The Eight at the Macbeth Gallery. This led to the "Exhibition of Independent Artists" and exhibitions that were "jury-free."
Robert Henri was well-known for his portraits and figures, and as a progressive and highly influential teacher.