Henry Ossawa Tanner

National Portrait Gallery

Henry Ossawa Tanner

Artist
Frederick Gutekunst, 25 Sep 1831 - 27 Apr 1917
Sitter
Henry Ossawa Tanner, 21 Jun 1859 - 25 May 1937
Exhibition Label
Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Henry Ossawa Tanner was one of the first African American artists to gain international acclaim, winning honors in both America and Europe. The son of an African Methodist Episcopal bishop, Tanner studied painting in Philadelphia under the guidance of Thomas Eakins and Thomas Hovenden at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Much of his work was devoted to carefully rendered depictions of biblical scenes, landscapes, and the everyday lives of African Americans. While his paintings won praise from some quarters, he endured many slights because of his race, and in 1891 he left America to continue his studies in Paris. Tanner found greater tolerance abroad, and although he returned to the States periodically, he spent the remainder of his life in France.
This portrait by Frederick Gutekunst was probably created during a visit to Philadelphia in 1897. Tanner’s success served as an inspiration for African American artists during the Harlem Renaissance and later.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
c. 1897
Object number
NPG.2011.10
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 14.2 x 10.4cm (5 9/16 x 4 1/8")
Mount: 16.6 x 10.8cm (6 9/16 x 4 1/4")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
National Portrait Gallery
Topic
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Henry Ossawa Tanner: Male
Henry Ossawa Tanner: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Portrait
Record ID
npg_NPG.2011.10
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4b0739ad8-ee7b-4156-b02d-c142835f3f8e