|Cumulus Clouds, East River, 1901-02, Robert Henri|
|Robert Henri Self-portrait, 1903|
|The Laughing Boy (Jobie), Robert Henri.|
Few artist delight in painting children as
much as did Henri. Few paint them so well.
And fewer still paint them laughing.
|Patience, Robert Henri. There's no|
indication as to whether that was her name
or what it took to capture her on canvas.
It was starting about this time, and through much of the 1890s that the Group of Eight artists known as the Philadelphia Four--newspaper illustrators, Glackens, Luks, Sloan, and Shinn--began to form around Henri's studio where they drew from life and studied the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Emile Zola. As a result of these encounters and the group's gradual move to New York, Robert Henri, the genteel academic became what writer/publisher, Emma Goldman, termed: "an anarchist in his conception of art and its relation to life." (She ought to know, being an anarchist herself.)
|Young Sport, Robert Henri|
|Willy Gee, Robert Henri,|
as dignified as a banker.
|The Laundress, 1916, Robert Henri.|
Henri painted adults too, though
even at that, seemed to have had
a fondness for "characters."