Henry Ossawa Tanner
(1859 - 1937)
Henry Ossawa Tanner was active/lived in Pennsylvania, Kansas / France. Henry Tanner is known for painting-religious, Orientalism, genre, figure, landscape.
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America's first internationally renowned African-American artist, Henry
Ossawa Tanner was born in Pittsburgh to a well-educated and devoutly
religious family. When Henry was age 13, his father, the Reverend
Benjamin Tucker Tanner, moved the family to Philadelphia. With
the support of his parents and inspiration from the art of the 1876
Philadelphia Exposition, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy to
study with Thomas Eakins who became a close friend.
briefly painted animals and was determined to become the "American
Landseer" in response to the demand for animal portraits. Between
1886 and 1887 Tanner was an illustrator for Harper Brothers, a
publishing firm willing to advance black artists and
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