Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)

Renowned African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner is known for his portraits, religious works, and genre paintings. He studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts but eventually moved to France, where his race proved less of an obstacle to his career. His great success in Paris made him the first African American artist to gain international prestige. This work evidences Tanner's early naturalistic yet sentimental style.

Untitled (1880), oil on canvas, 15 1/8 x 25 3/16"

Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries