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Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit - Softcover
Edited by Anna O. Marley
This beautiful book presents a complex overview of the life and career of the pioneering African American artist Henry O. Tanner (1859-1937). Recognized as the patriarch of African American artists, Tanner forged a path to international success, powerfully influencing younger black artists who came after him.
The essays in this book explore many facets of Tanner’s life, including his upbringing in post–Civil War Philadelphia as the son of a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal church, and his role as the first major academically trained African American artist. Additional essays discuss Tanner’s expatriate life in France, his depictions of the Holy Land and North Africa, and the scientific and technical innovations reflected in his oeuvre.
This volume expands our understanding of Tanner’s place in art history, showing that his status as a painter was deeply influenced by his race but not decided by it.
Softcover. 308 pages.
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