Henry V. Miller was born December 26,1891 in Yorkville, NYC. His parents were from Germany, his mother from the north, his father from Bavaria. He lived in Brooklyn during his school years. Tried working in his father’s tailor shop, here he developed his love of fine clothes. He was always a dapper dresser. His life is chronicled both by himself through his books & by his fellow authors. He had to fight mediocrity and poverty, working at many mundane jobs.
Miller lived in France, Greece, NYC, Beverly Glen, Big Sur & Pacific Palisades. He was a prolific writer and is best known for his autobiographical and sexually explicit novels “Tropic of Cancer” and “Tropic of Capricorn” was published in the 1930s. Miller was extremely disciplined & driven to create. Painting watercolors was his way to relax, he didn’t consider himself an ‘artist’ but loved to paint. He made thousands of paintings, gave most of them away. He also learned how to etch & make silk screens. Nuns from The Immaculate Heart School came to the house in LA & taught him how to make the silk screens.
All of the Henry Miller prints fall into one of three categories: Original prints, Kubo collection or Centennial collection, there is some confusion on the Centennial collection as they were done after Henry Miller died. Before Miller died he signed and numbered every sheet of Arches paper used for the Centennial Collection. In the mid 1990's Henry’s son Tony and Coast Publishing produced nine serigraphs and sixteen giclees prints called the Centennial Collection. These prints are the last to bear the original signature of Henry Miller.