Henry Ossawa Tanner, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Henry Ossawa Tanner

American painter

Date of Birth: 21-Jun-1859

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Death: 25-May-1937

Profession: painter, university teacher

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Henry Ossawa Tanner

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner (June 21, 1859 – May 25, 1937) was an American artist and the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim.
  • Tanner moved to Paris, France, in 1891 to study, and continued to live there after being accepted in French artistic circles.
  • His painting entitled Daniel in the Lions' Den was accepted into the 1896 Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After his own self-study in art as a young man, Tanner enrolled in 1879 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
  • The only black student, he became a favorite of the painter Thomas Eakins, who had recently begun teaching there.
  • Tanner made other connections among artists, including Robert Henri.
  • In the late 1890s he was sponsored for a trip to the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem by Rodman Wanamaker, who was impressed by his paintings of biblical themes.

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