The Green Fan

Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929) – The Green Fan (also known as Girl of Toledo, Spain), 1912 (Oil on canvas. Gibbes Museum of Art) – From 1906 to 1914, Henri executed some of his best work including appealing pictures of children so vivid and refreshing that they recall the work of Frans Hals. Henri moved farther away from portraits to depict instead racial and ethnic types in realistic composition. Numerous times during this period, he exhibited at the Gibbes Museum, The Green Fan was purchased from the 1913 installation.

Robert Henri - The Green Fan

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929) – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 1916 (Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art) – Mrs. Whitney’s husband, Harry Payne Whitney, refused to allow her to hang it in their house. He didn’t want his friends to see a picture of his wife, as he put it, “in pants.” Mrs. Whitney’s attire and self-possessed demeanor were highly unusual for a well-bred woman of her day. In this painting, Henri transformed the traditional genre of a recumbent female into a portrait of the quintessential “modern” woman…

Robert Henri - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney