Art/ Collection/ Art Object

F. Ambrose Clark

Artist:
Robert Henri (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1865–1929 New York)
Date:
1904
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
77 5/8 x 38 1/4 in. (197.2 x 97.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Stephen C. Clark Jr. Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.218
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This elegant portrait was commissioned by the wealthy family of F. Ambrose Clark (1880–1964), a gentleman jockey and, later, a successful breeder of racehorses. Henri was the leader of the Ashcan School and a mentor to other members. Although he painted some urban scenes of the sort they preferred, he was more active as a portraitist, often, as here, enlisting the style of Diego Velázquez, which had also inspired John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. Naturalistic demeanor, flattened space, broad brushwork, and a monochromatic palette are hallmarks of that style.
Signature: [lower left]: Robert Henri
Related Objects

Sketches After the Masters

Artist: Robert Henri (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1865–1929 New York) Date: 1893–95 Medium: Brush and ink on paper Accession: 1984.540 On view in:Not on view

Portrait of a Girl

Artist: Robert Henri (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1865–1929 New York) Date: 1924 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 1996.552 On view in:Not on view

The Boatman

Artist: Robert Henri (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1865–1929 New York) Date: ca. 1920 Medium: Charcoal on paper Accession: 23.230.14 On view in:Not on view

Paris Night

Artist: Robert Henri (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1865–1929 New York) Date: 1898 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 63.218 On view in:Gallery 774

Dutch Girl in White

Artist: Robert Henri (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1865–1929 New York) Date: 1907 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 50.47 On view in:Gallery 772