Henry Ossawa Tanner: a Black Artist in The White City

In the late nineteenth century, Henry Ossawa Tanner became the first black artist to achieve fame in Europe.

In the late nineteenth century, Henry Ossawa Tanner became the first black artist to achieve fame in Europe. Drawing on training he received at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tanner's early work represented African Americans with dignity and respect. In a speech at the "Congress on Africa" at Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition, he encouraged other artists to do the same and oppose the predominant racial stereotypes of his era. Ultimately Tanner turned toward religious themes and brought a fresh perspective to time-honored Biblical subjects. In this presentation, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses Tanner's artistic journey and places his work within an art historical context.

Event Date: 
Thu, 02/04/2021 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Ela Area Public Library


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