Spanish Roma Woman (The Spanish Gypsy)

Robert Henri American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Henri’s model for this painting belonged to a group of Roma people living on the outskirts of Madrid, where Henri worked during the summer of 1912. He convinced the woman to come to his studio, which, he recalled, “she entered with austere defiance. I asked her to sit on the model’s chair. She got up and sat there in the gesture which is that of the picture. She seems as solid and mysterious as the sphinx.” Henri showed the canvas widely, including at the historic Armory Show, held in New York in 1913. The following year, it became the first work of the Ashcan School to be purchased by the Metropolitan Museum.

Spanish Roma Woman (The Spanish Gypsy), Robert Henri (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1865–1929 New York), Oil on canvas, American

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