Robert Henri, Tom Cafferty, 1924.
Oil on canvas. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, gift of Mrs. Granger A. Holister, 1926.1.
Robert Henri, Pet (Wee Annie Lavelle), 1927.
Oil on canvas. Collection of the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Gift of the Benwood Foundation, 1976.3.15.
Robert Henri, American, West Coast of Ireland, 1913.
Oil on canvas, 26 x 32 in. Everson Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 58.6. Photography by David Revette.
Robert Henri, On the Road to Corrymore, 1913.
Oil on panel. LeClair Family Collection.

From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland

February 11, 2012 - May 13, 2012

From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland is the first exhibition to examine the American artist's work focused on the Irish landscape and people, particularly children, created between the time of his first trip to Ireland in 1913 and his last trip there in 1928. Long celebrated as an iconic American artist due to his important early work as a teacher and as the leader of The Eight, Henri's paintings have received less attention on their own. Most projects explored his career as it related to his role as a member of The Eight or in a broadly retrospective manner. Few projects focused on his landscapes, drawings, or foreign portraits.

Henri's Irish portraits constitute his largest focused body of work, and often depict the same sitters year after year. These paintings offer a unique and fascinating window onto the genre about which Henri felt most strongly—portraiture—and also chart his experiments with paint handling and color theories over time. He wrote that the time spent in Ireland was extremely valuable to him (it was the only other place besides New York where he purchased a residence), for only there was he able to focus on his painting without the distractions of life in New York. It is not surprising, then, that the periods Henri spent in Ireland were among his most prolific, and the paintings produced there among his most accomplished. Just before his death, Henri composed a list of his most important paintings; many of the works on this list were his Irish subjects. Forty-one paintings of Irish people and landscapes will be on view in the exhibition.

From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland is organized by The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Attend: Irish Stepdancing March 3, Stories from Tipp Hill March 15, Family Day March 17, and Lecture by Valerie Ann Leeds March 31.

Do: To accompany From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland, The Everson is creating a Flickr group project. Anyone can participate. We will be posting some of the submitted photographs throughout the run of the exhibition. Find inspiration in Robert Henri's portraits, then find a willing subject and upload your best portrait photographs to the Flickr group. Check back often to see new content. At the end of the exhibition, three images will be selected to win catalogues of the exhibition From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland.

Write: Are you of Irish descent? Have you vacationed in Ireland? Always dreamed of going to visit? Share your memories and experiences of Ireland!

Share: Look at paintings by Henri and share what you think is going on in the images, and read what others have to say.