Later this month, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will launch an exhibition devoted to Henry Ossawa Tanner Modern Spirit--it runs from January 28 to April 15, then moves on to the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
Tanner was one of the first African-American students at the Pennsylvania Academy, and the exhibition explores his life and career, including, as the Academy describes it, "the pioneering African-American artist’s upbringing in Philadelphia in the years after the Civil War; the artist’s success as an American expatriate artist at the highest levels of the international art world at the turn of the 20th century; Tanner’s role as a leader of an artist’s colony in rural France; his modernist invigoration of religious painting deeply rooted in his own faith; Tanner’s depictions of the Holy Land and North Africa interpreted through comparison with contemporary French orientalist painting and photography; and the scientific and technical innovations of the artist’s oeuvre."
Swann has offered several significant paintings by the artist since we began conducting sales of African-American Fine Art, and among the excellent 19th-century highlights in our upcoming February 16 auction is a posthumous circa 1905-10 etching, Gateway in Tangier (below).
|Gateway in Tangier, etching, circa 1905-10, signed and numbered by the artist's son, |
is among the highlights of Swann's next auction of African-American Fine Art
Labels: African-American Fine Art, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Nigel Freeman, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts