The Art Spirit – Robert Henri (1865-1929)
A serendipitous moment in a public library led me to discover one of the best art instructors I have ever had. While browsing through the art section I glanced at the bottom shelf where I saw a small blue-covered book entitled The Art Spirit. Those were the days when one could see the due dates of previous readers of each book. Checking the date due page I saw that this one had not been checked out for twenty years!
At that point, I had never heard of the artist and teacher Robert Henri but the book seemed promising. Since then it has become my favorite book and one that I can pick up, open to any page and be reminded of why art is so important in our lives. I have since seen Henri’s work in many large museums all over the world. One can recognize his portraits at a glance for they embody his ideal of “the art spirit.”
This is a book not only for the artist but for anyone who appreciates art and its value in our lives. More importantly, it is a book that encompasses the philosophy of living life to its fullest. I am always discovering words of encouragement, which continually help me to persevere in making art.