LACMA Given Robert Henri's "Spanish Dancer"
|Robert Henri, Spanish Dancer–Sevillana (Dancer with Castanet), 1904. LACMA, gift of the collection of Abby and Alan D. Levy|
LACMA has added two American portraits: a full-length Robert Henri Spanish Dancer and Frederick J. Brown's portrait of L.A. art patron Dr. Leon Banks.
Abby and Alan D. Levy pledged the Henri to LACMA on the museum's 40th anniversary (2005), and the gift was made official this year. Henri's series of Spanish dancers against velveteen backgrounds show his admiration for Velázquez and Goya. Measuring 85 by 44-5/8 in, it joins a set of Ash Can School works at LACMA that includes three smaller Henris and George Bellows' Cliff Dwellers.
The Metropolitan Museum bought one of Henri's Spanish subjects (not nearly so compelling as the Levy picture) out of the 1913 Armory Show. Within a few years Henri's Spanish naturalism had been overtaken by the modernism of Picasso and Miró.
|Frederick J. Brown, Dr. Leon Banks (Study for Last Supper), 1982. LACMA|
|Frederick J. Brown, Last Supper, 1984|
The sins of the father made Henri change his birth name, Robert Henry Cozad.
The Spanish Dancer is astoundingly beautiful, reminds me of the lack of discernable space between the figure and the background, as Vuillard hallmarked.
See, e.g., his Le Grand Intérieur aux six personnages of 1897 at the Kunsthaus Zurich...
Agreed, LACMA's win excels the Met, but there is a quite charming portrait by him:
Robert Henri | Dutch Girl in White | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art