A Long Look Slow Art at the National Gallery


Henry Ossawa Tanner became one of America’s most famous Black artists by depicting dream-like Bible scenes like this one. Click here to see it on the Gallery’s site. Clicking the image on their page will open a viewer that allows you to zoom in and pan around.

In today’s episode we’ll find out how he went from working in a flour mill to a successful artistic career in Paris and what he has in common with another artist, Richard Norris Brooke. And we discover a mystery about one of his early works!

“The Good Shepherd” by Henry Ossawa Tanner, American, c. 1918

Corcoran Collection (The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.)

SHOW NOTES (TRANSCRIPT)

“A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas youtu.be/jGEdNSNkZoo

Episode theme is “Virtutes Instrumenti” by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4590-virtutes-instrumenti

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Artwork information

https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.195513.html

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-1010/american-art-to-wwii/symbolism-america/a/tanner-angels-appearing-before-the-shepherds

https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/henry-ossawa-tanner-and-his-influence-in-america/

Tanner Bio

https://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.1919.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ossawa_Tanner#cite_ref-eoaah_6-0

https://americanart.si.edu/artist/henry-ossawa-tanner-4742

Tanner painting technique

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWxErF_nzd4

Slow Art Day http://www.slowartday.com

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