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Robert Henri

New York Cultural Center

The Robert Henri show at the New York Cultural Center (formerly the Gallery of Modern Art) was a mistake. I doubt that Henri is a very useful painter to study at the present time, whatever one’s persuasion may be, and as a result of this show I have even begun to doubt that he is very good—certainly he does not benefit from being seen in such large quantity, and the show was much too big. Finally, the selection was in far too many instances too odd; my opinion is that if you can’t get the works you need to do a show properly it is better not to do it at all.

Surely the early work is the best, as well as the best-represented here, and it is more eclectic than is often thought. Manet is by far the predominant influence, of course, and where other creditors are found (Hals, Velazquez) they are filtered through the medium of Manet, who looked to the same predecessors. But there are other

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