Robert Henri (1865-1929)
Robert Henri (1865-1929)

Sunlight, Girl on Beach, Avalon

Robert Henri (1865-1929)
Sunlight, Girl on Beach, Avalon
inscribed with record book number (on the reverse prior to lining)
oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 24 ¼ in. (46 x 61.6 cm.)
Painted in 1893.
[With]Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.
Mark P. Herschede, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Estate of the above.
Christie's, New York, 4 December 2003, lot 79, sold by the above.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Indian Hill Historical Museum Association, Golden Era of Art, 1978, no. 35 (as Sunlight).

Lot Essay

We would like to thank Valerie Ann Leeds for her assistance with cataloguing this lot.

"During the summers of 1892 and 1893 [Robert] Henri executed a group of paintings at the New Jersey shore that represents his early impressionist phase...while he was teaching at the Avalon Summer Assembly. The theme of a woman posed on the beach in direct sunlight had intrigued Henri since his first European summer outing to Brittany in 1889...As William Homer has suggested, '...his affiliation with Impressionism drew him to the contemporary world of everyday events as the source of his subject matter. And this mode demanded rapid and accurate perception of that world, along with the manual dexterity to convert these perceptions into a pictorial image. Thus Henri's rapid method of working and his belief in decisive, immediate brushwork may be traced, in part, to his Impressionist experience.'" (D.H. Pilgrim, American Impressionist and Realist Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1973, p. 124)

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