About This Artwork

Robert Henri
American, 1865–1929

Himself, 1913

Oil on canvas
81.9 × 66.4 cm (32 1/4 × 26 1/8 in.)
Signed: Robert Henri (l.l.corner)

Walter H. Schulze Memorial Collection, 1924.912

Robert Henri expressed his attitude toward modern life in vivid portraits that focus on personality and gesture. He painted Himself and Herself (Irish terms of endearment for a husband and wife) during a summer trip to Ireland; the canvases depict the fisherman Johnnie Cummings and his wife, Biddy. The rich hues and thick, lush paint add depth to the works, while the figures’ elusive expressions and informal poses give them a brusque, forthright quality. Each portrait reveals a distinctive character and, according to Henri, was meant to be a dynamic example of “humanity in the making, in the living.”

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 109th Annual Exhibition, February 8-March 29, 1914, no cat.

Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fifth Exhibition, Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, Dec. 15, 1914-Jan. 24, 1915, cat. 191.

Detroit Museum of Art, Third Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, Apr. 9-May 30, 1917, cat. 59.

Stockholm, Sweden, Royal Academy of Art, "Exhibition of American Art for Sweden," March 1-April 1, 1930; traveled to Copenhagen Denmark, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, "Udstilling af Amerikanst Kunst I København," May 3-22, no. 47; Munich, Germany, Kunstverein München, "Ausstellung Americanischer Kunst," June-July, 1930, no. 47.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Henri Memorial Exhibition, Mar. 9-Apr. 19, 1931.

Cincinnati Museum of Art, Feb. 16-Mar. 22, 1932.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Century of Progress, June 1-Nov. 1, 1933, cat 459.

Muskegon, Mich., Hackley Art Gallery, Nov. 4-29, 1950.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, One Hundred-Fifieth Anniversary Exhibition, Jan. 15-Mar. 13, 1955, cat. 108.

Chicago, Main Street Gallery, Robert Henri Retrospective Exhibition, Feb. 22-Mar. 19, 1960, cat. 20.

Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Iowa, American Painting, Mar. 31-?, 1963, cat. 31.

Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum, Robert Henri: Painter, May 4-June 24, 1984; traveled to University Park, Pennsylvania State University, Palmer Museum of Art, July 10, 1984, Cincinnati Art Museum, Jan. 8, 1985, Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Apr. 19-June 8, 1985.

Publication History

Oliver S. Tonks, “Robert Henri—An Appreciation," American Magazine of Art 7 (Oct. 1916), p. 476 (ill.).

N. Pousette-Dart, Robert Henri, Distinguished Americans Series (New York, 1922), ill.

Catalogue of the Walter H. Schulze Memorial Gallery of Paintings (Chicago, 1925), p. 9 (ill.).

R.M.F., “The Walter H. Schulze Memorial Gallery of Paintings,” Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago 19 (Jan. 1925), pp. 8-9 (ill.).

Rilla Evelyn Jackman, American Arts (Rand McNally, 198), pl. CXI.

Dorothy Grafly, “Robert Henri,” American Magazine of Art 22 (June 1931), p. 443 (ill.).

Guy Pene du Bois, “Exhibitions—Robert Henri,” Arts 17 (1931).

“Robert Henri—Painter, 1865-1929,” Index of Twentieth Century Artists 2 (Jan. 1935), p. 56.

Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 215.

William Inness Homer, Robert Henri and His Circle (Ithaca, 1969), p. 249, ill. p. 251.

Judith A. Barter et al., American Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago: From Colonial Times to World War I (Art Institute of Chicago, 1998).

Ownership History

Macbeth Gallery, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schulze, by 1924; given to The Art Institute of Chicago, 1924.

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