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Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) was a black American painter He earned a formidable reputation at a time when it was rare for a black American to pursue a career as a professional artist Henry O Tanner was born in Pittsburgh, Pa, on June 21, 1859 His father, a clergyman, writer, and educator, moved the family to Philadelphia in 1866 After Henry graduated from high school, he secured a job in a flour mill; the work was strenuous, and he soon became seriously ill With his recovery, Bishop Tanner consented to let him study art In 1880 Tanner began his studies at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, where his principal teachers were Thomas Eakins and William Merritt Chase By 1882 Tanner was painting on his own, occasionally selling a painting or a drawing.

In 1888 he set up a photography studio in Atlanta, Ga The venture failed, but he secured a teaching position at Clark University in Atlanta At Clark, Tanner met Bishop Joseph L Hartzell The bishop, impressed with Tanner's artistic ability, arranged an exhibition in Cincinnati Not one piece was sold, but the bishop bought them all to help the young artist - morally and financially With this money Tanner left for Europe to work in an atmosphere free of the virulent racism that permeated American life After 5 years of study at the Académie Julian in Paris, Tanner showed the painting The Young Sabot-makerat the prestigious Salon des Artistes Français He participated continually in Salon exhibitions until 1924 In 1897 he became internationally known when the French government purchased the Resurrection of Lazarus.

The young woman who posed for the figure of Mary in the Annunciation (1898) became Tanner's wife in 1899 They returned to the United States in 1902 After their only child was born in New York City the next year, Tanner moved his family to Paris Except for occasional visits to America, he remained abroad for the rest of his life The years brought numerous awards and honors, the most significant being Tanner's election in 1923 by the French government as a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur Later, America honored him with full membership in its National Academy of Art and Design He was the first black American to achieve this distinction After his death in Paris on May 25, 1937, interest in Tanner's works diminished considerably The most renowned of all black artists was rediscovered, largely as a result of a major exhibit in New York, in 1967 Two years later the Smithsonian Institution presented a large retrospective that circulated extensively throughout the United States.

Tanner was an excellent draftsman Often compared to Eakins, he can be more accurately compared to Albert P Ryder and Ralph Blakelock Yet his work also relates to Rembrandt in terms of technique and composition, as clearly illustrated in Tanner's Daniel in the Lion's Den Dramatic lighting made Tanner's paintings between 1890 and 1905 prime examples of modern chiaroscuro His skillful use of glazing was a unique element of his style Although his Banjo Lesson (1893) is considered a classic work of an ethnic subject, Tanner usually found his inspiration in landscapes and biblical themes.



 
Henry Ossawa Tanner: A collection of 153 paintings (HD)
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The Banjo Lesson Henry Ossawa Tanner
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Every Brush Stroke a Testimony
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Video: The Banjo Lesson, painting by Henry Tanner
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Kirk Franklin and the Family, Silver & Gold, Henry Ossawa Tanner 1/2
God's Property, Kirk Franklin and the Family, Silver and Gold, Cassandra Cleveland, lead. With works by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859- 1937).
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Henry O. Tanner Exhibit At PAFA
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The Arch (Tanners Own Words).wmv
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Donnie McClurkin, We Fall Down, Henry Ossawa Tanner 2/2
Donnie McClurkin, from "Live in London", We Fall Down, written by Kyle Matthew, music arrangement, Howard Francis. With works by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859- 1937).
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Christ Learning to Read (Lewis Tanner Moore).wmv
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The Birth of Freedom: Christmas and Henry Ossawa Tanner
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Art for Advent 2017 (Third Sunday): Henry Ossawa Tanner, Flight into Egypt
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Intro Track.wmv
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Bust of Bishop Tanner (Lewis Tanner Moore).wmv
Part of the Henry Ossawa Tanner: Audio Tour. Photo courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.
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The Banjo Lesson
Kin Crop, big enough to stand on his own, yet needed help to hold the banjo, became, some years back, an apprentice.
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