Robert Henri

(1865-1929)

During the summer of 1903, Henri spent six weeks in Monhegan Island, Maine. He found it to be a “wonderful place to paint - so much in so small a place one could hardly believe it” (quoted in William Inness Homer, Robert Henri And His Circle, Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1969, p. 48). It is not surprising that the artist found the rocky coast with its rushing ocean currents so appealing; he could witness at close range a site where nature was constantly marked by flux. The experience inspired him to paint numerous small oil sketches on panel in which his brushstrokes are quick, fluid and broad and light bright and dazzling. (Robert Henri Record Book, 216B)