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Picturing a World

Henry Ossawa Tanner

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I want call attention to the African-American artist, Henry Ossawa Tanner. A native of Pittsburgh, he studied in Philadelphia and eventually moved to Paris, where he had an internationally successful career as a painter. During my research, I read about him with interest because he was Jeanette’s almost exact contemporary. Although he is known specially for his Biblical paintings, I have chosen this charcoal drawing, not only to honor the day, but to illustrate how powerful such figure studies of the period could be.

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