The Art Student (Miss Josephine Nivison)

-1906, by the painter Robert Henri, influential teacher and founder

of the 20th century American art style called "The Ashcan School"


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Robert Henri (American, 1865–1929). The Art Student (Miss Josephine Nivison), 1906. Oil on canvas. 77 1/4 x 38 1/2 in. (196.22 x 97.79 cm). MACI purchase Acquisition Fund. M1965.34. Photo by John Nienhuis


Note: "The Ashcan School" was a group of American painters who became known for their sooty, gritty and realistic treatment of urban scenes and other subjects.

For a while, some of Robert Henri's Post-impressionistic paintings lead him to be called "The Monet of Manhattan", and his eventual leadership of the "Group of Eight" earned him a pivotal role as founder of the Ashcan, realist and avant-garde art movements in America.
Post-impressionist Portrait by Robert Henri - Museum of Nebraska Art

Also: The subject of Henri's 1906 painting "The Art Student", Josephine Nivison, later married another famous American artist: Edward Hopper -- one of the best known post-World War II American realist painters. Josephine Nivison Hopper (1883 - 1968) was born Josephine Verstille Nivison, and later became known as Jo N. Hopper. She and her husband both studied with Robert Henri at the New York School of Art. She also modeled for the figures in many of Edward Hopper's paintings after their marriage in 1924, because she did not want him to spend money paying for other models.

Link to View 7 Paintings by Robert Henri:
Robert Henri Paintings in the Milwaukee Art Museum

Video of a collection of other Robert Henri paintings:

Interview of the Milwaukee Art Museum's Director of

Individual Giving & Membership, Sara Stum:






This Wikispaces page was composed by: Alejandra, Cheri, Katharine, Laura and Pat at the MDMC 2010,
held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, July 27-30, 2010.