News Archive 2009-2018

Highlighting Henri’s ‘Coal Breaker’ at Museum of Art (Boston Globe) Archives

Robert Henri, "Coal Breaker," 1902, oil on canvas, Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee highlights Coal Breaker, a painting by American artist Robert Henri on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Smee writes of the painting’s historical context, and of Henri’s technique and perspective.

“What Henri shows here is grittily real, and on intimate terms with life,” writes Smee. “Those gauche and gangly structures bend and bow; they strain under the pressures of actual existence. The drab scene over which they tower is perforated by human presences, pinpricks of color, evening susurrations . . . “

Read the feature, “Glimmers of Real Life Put to Striking Use.