George Henry (1858-1943)
|Artist Name||George Henry (1858-1943)|
|Title||Scottish Glasgow Boy Portrait of a Woman|
|Description||An original large Scottish portrait oil by noted Scottish artist George Henry and depicts a portrait of a woman. This painting is one of his best portraits. It dates to 1922 and is in fine condition. This is a fine example of an early 20th century Scottish portrait.
Signed and dated lower left
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||36 x 28 inches|
|Frame||Gallery frame. 43 inches by 35 inches. Excellent condition.|
|Condition||In excellent gallery condition.|
|Biography||George Henry (1858-1943) was a Scottish painter and one of the most prominent of the Glasgow School. He was born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, later in Macgregor's studio, but learned most from his nature studies at Kirkcudbright. His father's name was Hendry and George dropped the "d" from his surname as a young man.
He was influenced also by his collaboration with E. A. Hornel in such works as "The Druids" (1887), Grosvenor Gallery, London. His "Galloway Landscape" was epoch-making at Glasgow by reason of its higher key of colour and essentially decorative character. Following these tendencies, the two friends spent a year and a half in Japan.
Henry's importance consists in his influence in the Glasgow school in the direction of richer and more decorative colour. In addition to genre and landscape, he also painted portraits, more distinguished by technical ability than by rendition of character. Henry's pictures in public collections include "The Blue Gown," Museum of Cape Town, "The Gray Hat," at Edinburgh, two portraits at Glasgow, and one at Montreal. He was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Academy (1902) and an associate of the Royal Academy.
"The Black Hat", a luminous portrait of a supremely confident Edwardian woman, was recently included in Modern Britain, an exhibition at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria.