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‘Henry James and American Painting’

“‘Henry James and American Painting,’ a compact but wonderfully heterogeneous show at the Morgan Library,” Michael Gorra writes in the NYR Daily, “includes a round dozen of his many portraits; more probably than have ever been gathered in one place before. In one, a marvelous 1911 charcoal head by Cecilia Beaux, the novelist’s eyes are fierce, his baldness emphasized and egg-like. It’s matched by Abbott Handerson Thayer’s elaborately stippled 1881 crayon drawing, a three-quarters view that suggests the strength of James’s nose. And that nose figures as well in the earliest image of him here, a profile in oil that La Farge made in 1862. James was just nineteen, and his hair looks a burnt red; he seems pensive and unhappy—uncertain too—and the background has a touch of storm in it.”

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Category: Exhibition
Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY