Robert Henri (1865 - 1929)
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 24, 1865, Henri (Robert Henry Cozad) settled in Denver at an early age and was educated in the public schools. His father killed a man there whereupon the family assumed a new identity and absconded. After relocating in Atlantic City, Robert Henri attended boarding school in New York City. His art studies were at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and in Paris at Ecole des Beaux Arts. The summer of 1914 was spent in San Diego where he served as coordinator to plan an art exhibit for the Panama-California Expo. During this time he lived in La Jolla and painted portraits of Indians, the black youngster who sold papers at the train depot, Chicanos, Chinese, and other ethnic types. In September he exhibited 14 of these portraits at the Museum of History, Science and Art in Los Angeles. His palette lightened after this time. He was again in San Diego and San Francisco to participate in the Expositions of 1915; at the PPIE he was awarded a silver medal. In 1922 and 1925 he had portrait commissions in Los Angeles. A giant in American art, Henri died of cancer in New York City on July 12, 1929.