Currently on View in K205
• This portrait depicts Biddy Commons, the wife of a fisherman on Ireland’s Achill Island. With swift dexterity, the artist captures her rosy complexion and kind eyes. Henri conveys the spirit of his subjects through energetic brushwork in the manner of the Old Masters.
• Demonstrating his fondness for the couple, Henri executed two portraits of Biddy and three portraits of her husband, Johnnie.
• From 1913 until 1928, Henri summered on Achill Island with his second wife, Marjorie, a native of Ireland. The painter, who derived inspiration from the local residents and windswept landscape, purchased an estate there in 1924.
The Estate of Robert Henri; (Chapellier Galleries, New York, New York, exclusive representative since 1963 of the Henri Estate, 1972); John J. Weldon and Jean Dinwiddie Weldon, Chilmark, Massachusetts, December 1972; Indianapolis Museum of Art