SOLD The Woods, Monhegan Island

by Robert Henri (1865–1929)
Pastel on canvas laid down on board
19¾ x 12½ inches
Signed lower left: R Henri; signed lower right: R HENRI; on verso: Robert Henri / The Woods, Monhigan [sic] Island / 288 / K / 2



The artist

Violet Organ, sister-in-law of above

Alice Osofsky, New York, New York

Sale, Brunk, Asheville, North Carolina, March 25, 2023, lot 1046, from above


(Probably) Milch Galleries, New York, New York, Paintings by Robert Henri, February 28–March 12, 1918

(Probably) Montross Gallery, New York, New York, Woodland Pictures by Robert Henri, 1918

The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1919

(Probably) The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, Paintings by Robert Henri, April 4–May 1, 1919

(Probably) Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, Woodland Pastels by Robert Henri, June–July 1919

National Arts Club, New York, New York, 1920

Related Works

Cathedral Woods, Monhegan Island, 1911, oil on canvas, 31⅞ x 25⅞ inches; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Where the Trees are Dying, 1918, pastel on heavy wove paper, 12 7/16 x 19⅞ inches; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Note: This painting is recorded in Robert Henri’s journals under the number 288/k/2.

Robert Henri created many works in pastel while visiting Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine.  The dense woodland and rare plant life on the island offered the artist a variety of textures and colors for his compositions as well as shifting patterns of light and shadow.

Alice Osofsky was a respected New York art dealer and collector who sold noted works of art to many prominent art institutions.

Artist Biography

Robert Henri (1865–1929)

Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you. —Robert Henri

By Chelsea DeLay

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

In 1865, American artist Robert Henri was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the birth name of Robert Henry Cozad. The entire Cozad family changed their name to protect their identity after Henri’s father shot and killed a drunken cattleman in Nebraska. By the time the family moved to New Jersey in 1883,

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