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Henry Ossawa Tanner

Born: 1859 AD
Died: 1937 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Painters


1859 - Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the 21st of June.

1864 -Tanner and his family moved to Philadelphia, where his artistic interests developed. At the age of thirteen, Tanner decided to become an artist when he saw a painter in Fairmount Park near his home.

1879-1885 - Tanner enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied under Thomas Eakins.

1886 - Tanner opened his own studio in Philadelphia. After moving to Atlanta and failing in an attempt to open a photography studio, Tanner taught drawing at Clark University.

1891 - Tanner traveled to France, where he studied under Jean-Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian and joined the American Art Students Club of Paris.

1893 - Tanner painted "The Banjo Lesson", a high point in his initial period of genre paintings featuring African Americans.

1895 - He moved back to Paris in 1895 in an effort to escape racial discrimination in America.

1896 - Tanner drew upon his religious background and turned increasingly to biblical subjects, such as "Daniel in the Lion's Den", which won honorable mention at the Paris Salon.

1937 - Tanner died in Paris, France onthe 25th of  May.


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