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Robert Henri

1865 - 1929

Robert Henri, whose original name was Robert Henry Cozad, was born in Cincinnati. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and in 1888 attended the Académie Julian in Paris. He exhibited at the Salons of 1896 and 1897. In 1900 he moved to New York, where he taught at the New York School of Art before setting up his own art school in 1908.

A group of his followers, later known as the Ashcan School, became famous for their bold brushwork and urban subject matter. Henri's late works were mainly portraits and landscapes.