Robert Henri, a painter and influential art teacher, was one of the leading figures of the Ashcan School. This group of artists depicted scenes of everyday life in New York, gravitating to poor and working-class neighborhoods such as the Bowery and Greenwich Village. During the summers of 1907 and 1910, Henri worked in the Netherlands, where he became captivated with the work of Frans Hals (1580-1666), the Dutch painter known for using lively brushwork to create animated portraits. Hals made a number of pictures of laughing children, which Henri sought to emulate in his own paintings of Dutch youths. Henri described the subject of this canvas, Jopie van Slouten, as “a great, real human character to paint.” A second portrait of the boy entitled Dutch Joe can be found in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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- Titles Jopie van Slouten (Alternate)
- Artist Robert Henri, American, 1865 - 1929
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 24 × 20 × 1 in. (61 × 50.8 × 2.5 cm) frame: 31 7/8 × 27 7/8 × 2 1/8 in. (81 × 70.8 × 5.4 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of the Friends of American Art in honor of Edward Weeks, former curator of the Birmingham Museum of Art, 1991.704
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Provenance Robert Henri (1865-1929), 1910-1911; with William Taylor, Sons and Co., Cleveland, Ohio, 1911; purchased by Dr. William T. Corlett (1854-1948), Cleveland, Ohio, 1911; given to Corlett's daughter, Christine Corlett Henriques (1896-1983), Greenwich, Connecticut, 1938-1983; auctioned at American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, Christie's, New York, June 3, 1983, lot 223 A, as Laughing boy. Auctioned at American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Sotheby's, New York, December 1, 1988, lot 225, as The laughing boy, Jobie. Auctioned at Important Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, Christie's, New York, November 30, 1990, lot 179, as Jobie, the laughing boy; purchased by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1990