The Beach Hat, 1914
Robert Cozad Henri
Oil on canvas
The son of a riverboat gambler, Robert Henri was born Robert Henry Cozad in 1865 and grew up in the small town of Cozad, Nebraska, which his father had founded. After his father killed a man and fled to avoid arrest for murder, the various members of the family took different names to avoid identification. Robert assumed the name of Robert Henri. The family resettled in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and shortly afterward, in 1886, having decided to become a painter, Henri enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
While in Paris, he was a student of Adolphe-William Bouguereau.