JESSICA PENN 11X14 PRINT

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Robert Henri encouraged students at his New York art school to find inspiration in their contemporary surroundings. His portrait summons the grand manner seventeenth century Spanish tradition of full-length figures painted against dark backgrounds. Henri challenged the past with a modern subject, portraying a young woman who had come to New York in pursuit of professional opportunity. Penn, a dancer, made her debut on Broadway in 1901. Her bold gaze and confident pose communicate her independence and spirit.

Robert Henri estimuló a sus estudiantes en su escuela de arte de Nueva York a encontrar inspiración en su entorno contemporáneo. Este retrato epitomiza la tradición española del siglo XVII de pintar figuras de cuerpo entero frente a un fondo oscuro. Henri desafió el pasado, pintando un tema moderno en el que presentaba a una mujer joven que había llegado a Nueva York en búsqueda de oportunidades profesionales. Penn, quien era bailarina, debutó en Broadway en 1901. Su mirada atrevida y su pose audaz reflejan su independencia y espíritu.