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The Annunciation
The Annunciation, 1898
Henry Ossawa Tanner, American (active France)
Oil on canvas
57 x 71 1/4 inches (144.8 x 181 cm) Framed: 73 3/4 x 87 1/4 inches (187.3 x 221.6 cm)
Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1899
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Henry Ossawa Tanner
January 20, 1991 - April 14, 1991
Including works lent by public and private collections throughout the U.S. and France, the exhibition will present a major retrospective of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the foremost African-American artist at the turn of the century. Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Philadelphia, Tanner studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under the renowned artist Thomas Eakins. Due to the prejudice found in America, Tanner sailed for France in 1891, where he was to settle for the rest of his life, with brief visits to the United States. During a visit to Philadelphia in 1893-1894, Tanner painted one of his most famous canvases The Banjo Lesson. After his return to Paris in 1894, Tanner became especially renowned for his portrayals of Biblical subjects.


Darrel Sewell
Dewey Mosby


Philadelphia Museum of Art
Detroit Institute of Arts
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum

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