Her Sunday Shawl (Primary Title)

Robert Henri, American, 1865 - 1929 (Artist)

oil on canvas
United States
Unframed: 24 × 20 1/4 in. (60.96 × 51.44 cm)
Framed: 32 × 28 1/8 in. (81.28 × 71.44 cm)
Throughout his long career, Henri traveled extensively and, ever the humanist, enjoyed depicting individuals of diverse ages, races, and nationalities. Visits to Achill Island, Ireland, in the 1910s and 1920s brought him the opportunity to paint some ofhis favorite subjects—small children. “Feel the dignity of a child. Do not feel superior to him, for you are not,” Henri advised students in his influential book The Art Spirit, published in 1923. The following year, he captured the quick intelligence of Sarah Burke as she peeked out of her voluminous Sunday shawl with bright, impish eyes.
signed lower right: "Robert Henri"; signed verso: "Robert Henri. Her Sunday Shawl. 186/M"
Gift of Charles G. Thalhimer in memory of his wife Rhoda
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