Henry Keller

(1869-1949) As a teacher of watercolor and drawing techniques, Keller’s influence

was vast. Some of his most important pupils include Charles Burchfield, Paul Travis and Frank Wilcox. Beginning around 1910 Keller championed the cause of modern art, both in his drawings and paintings and through his lectures and writings. In 1913 two of his paintings were included in the now famous New York Armory Show, which introduced modern art to America. In the years that followed, Keller’s work was included in major exhibitions at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In his watercolors and other drawings Henry Keller was a tireless experimenter. Working quickly with sure and spontaneous strokes he was inspired by the art of Matisse, Cezanne and others as well as the economical brushwork, simplified forms and rhythmic movement he observed in Chinese scroll paintings. Dennis Barrie sees him as important.

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Henry Keller, ca. 1920 / unidentified photographer. Henry G. Keller papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.