a suspension bridge

Good composition is like a suspension bridge; each line adds strength and takes none away…. Making lines run into each other is not composition. There must be motive for the connection. Get the art of controlling the observer –- that is composition.
– Robert Henri, 1865 – 1929

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 afterwards, in 1886, having decided to become a painter, Henri enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art.

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