An Early Spanish Venture:
With Henri in Spain, 1912
photographer, Aboard the Carpathia, courtesy of the Klauber
Unknown photographer, Robert Henri aboard ship, courtesy of the Klauber
The Henri class, courtesy of the Klauber family.
. . . M. Elizabeth Boone in American
Art Review has noted that the influence of Spain and Spanish art
has been notably under-recognized in the development of American painting
during the period 1860 to 1920. 27
Thomas Eakins was among the first to admire the masters of seventeenth
century art in Spain, especially the work of Velazquez. Artists such
as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Case and Robert
Henri frequently repeated visits, painting exotic models and sunlit
landscapes during this time. The Spanish old masters of the seventeenth
century were studied and copied by students accompanying them. Spanish
visitors to the countrys interior, found travel most difficult.
It was somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe by the Pyrenees and
railroads were minimal. The industrial age and modernization drifted
slowly into Spain. Henri had made his first of his many trips to Spain
to introduce American students to its artist and subjects in 1900.
During the first decade of the twentieth century, modern Spanish painters
Zuloagua and Sorolla became major influences on American artists.
Reverse of Henris
Class -autographs, in no particular order, of the students.