Robert Henri Museum Is World's Largest Display Of Henri Originals
Home to the largest display of original Robert Henri works in the world, the Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery in Cozad has acquired yet another original painting. The new acquisition, “Normandie Interior”, brings the total number of original Henri pieces on permanent display in the museum to 40. Six Robert Henri paintings have been acquired by the musuem in the last nine months, thanks in large part to benefactors Larry and Tammy Paulsen in memory of Ike and Shirley Paulsen. Shirley Paulsen was a founding board member of the Robert Henri Museum and the driving force behind its creation. Shirley and the original board members sought to bring artwork to Cozad to tell Henri’s story and share with the world what amazing things can come from life in small town Nebraska. With the help of the Paulsens and the museum’s many other supporters, Shirley’s vision is on its way to being realized.
“Normandie Interior” appeared in Henri’s first solo exhibition. It was then purchased by his brother, Frank Southrn and kept in private collections throughout its life. This is the first time in 120 years that it is on display to the public. “Normandie Interior” joins a rich variety of paintings and sketches in the museum’s permanent collection. Robert Henri believed that one must always be learning. This is evident in his change of style in the paintings that range from 1897 to 1927.
The Robert Henri Museum’s collection is a must see for any artist or art lover. The museum is open by appointment through the winter and will be open for regular scheduled hours starting in May.