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Friday, July 29, 2011

Robert Henri: Dutch Girl in White

Like many late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century painters, Henri was influenced by the art of the old masters, especially the candid portraits by Diego Velázquez and Frans Hals.

(New York, New York)


  • Beautiful portrait. The year is 1907, which was one glimpse before the revolutions in art that would happen in 1908 in Paris, in the works of Picasso and Matisse, followed shortly by the Blaue Reiter movement and the move of Kandinsky and Modrian to abstraction. Yet here is the American Henri choosing the path of realism, but this painting does not escape the post-Impressionist touch (the dress) or the Renoir-esque face traits. And it's more than anything a beautiful portrait, beyond style and epoch.

    By Blogger Dan Romascanu, at 4:45 AM  

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