Portrait of a Moorish lady

Follower of Robert Henri
(Circa. 1930's) American School
Title Portrait of a Moorish lady
Category Recently Sold
Medium & Size Oil on canvas: 32x26inc. (Frame: 45x39inc.)
Price Band £5,000 - £10,000
Location Hungerford

Robert Henri  (1865-1929) studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He later traveled to Europe where he came briefly under the influence of the impressionists, although his palette retained the dark, earth tones of the Philadelphia school. While in Philadelphia, Henri became a mentor to several younger artists who gathered at his studio to hear his philosophy of art and share criticisms. Four of these painters, together with Henri, were later to form the core of The Eight, a radical group of artists who defended artistic freedom against the strictures of the National Academy in New York after the turn-of-the-century. John Sloan (1871-1951), George Luks (1867-1933), Everett Shinn (1876-1953), and William Glackens (1870-1938).During the summer of 1912, Henri was in Spain with his second wife Marjorie and a group of students. The artist relished painting ordinary people who struck him as full of life and character, about whom he took a broad humanistic vantage.Henri was one of the most influential American artists of his period.


This enchanting portrait of a Moorish lady which bears the signature 'Kahn' in pencil on the reverse canvas has so far defied attempts to identify its author and is far too confident not to be by an important artist. The hand is undoubtedly American and the picture must date from the 1930’s, and is laid on an American stretcher. There is a free, loose brush-work of a Sargent follower, and with some illustrator influence.

The subject and style is very close to that of the leading American painter Robert Henri who visited Spain and the work shows comparisons with ‘Spanish Girl’, ‘ Girl in a Red Shawl’, and ‘Rossina’.This work is in our opinion by an artist painting in the style of Robert Henri, and showing his influence.


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