Robert Henri, “Big Rock”

16 Jun

“Do not worry about your originality.  You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to.”  – Robert Henri

Robert Henri was a founder of the “Ashcan School,” an early twentieth century American art movement that sought to elevate art above the merely picturesque.  He liked to celebrate ordinary people and plain, even conventionally ugly, landscapes.  Yet Henri had a great eye for beauty.  All the more so because he could find it in places usually untouched by art.  Henri’s surf in Big Rock is simultaneously harsh and gorgeous.  To my eye, his loose brushwork and thick application of paint convey the power and movement of the scene in a manner similar to that of the Canadian Tom Thomson.  I’ve jokingly compared Henri with Dr. Bones McCoy on the original Star Trek television series — tough on the outside but all heart!


One Response to “Robert Henri, “Big Rock””

  1. Jane June 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Love this one!

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