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Gregorita

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Gregorita

Artist: Robert Henri (American, 1865 - 1929)

Date: 1917
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
32 x 26 inches (81.3 x 66 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: Robert Henri (upper center)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1999
Object number: 31.239.1
Accession Number: 1998.4.1
Label Text:Henri, known as a social realist like John Sloan, painted his first Southwestern portraits in 1914 and said of his new subject, “I was not interested in these people to sentimentalize over them . . . . I am looking at each individual with the eager hope of finding there something of the dignity of life . . . .” In 1917 Henri painted Gregorita, a young Indian girl from Santa Clara Pueblo, in ten paintings. She was an inspiring model for his dramatic brushwork, bold color and strong articulation of form. Trips to New Mexico invigorated Henri’s art, and he encouraged Sloan to visit the region.
Provenance: (E.D. Babcock Gallery, New York, New York); 1918 Private Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; (Chapellier Gallery, New York, New York). unknown. purchased February 15, 1999 through (Brown's Art Consultant, Omaha, Nebraska) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art