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Meet the Masters

Grade Five

ARTIST: PRINT:

TANNER, HENRY OSSAWA

BANJO LESSON THE HAMPTON INSTITUTE HAMPTON, VIRGINIA

(1859-1937)

20th Century American

Date: 1893 Size: 49” x 35 1/2” Medium: Oil on canvas

ARTIST - Henry Tanner, born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Philadelphia, where his family settled when he was 7 years old. Later he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins, a famous American painter. Tanner left America for Paris in 1891, where he

studied with Benjamin Constant paintings include impressions of experiences in World War I.

at the Academie life in Brittany

Julian. He also and Normandy,

studied in Palestine. religious subjects, and

His his

PRINT - The Banjo Player was clearly based on Tanner's memories of his youth in Philadelphia and visits to the highlands of North Carolina. In his paintings there is an interest in the inner life. Tanner shows activity as incidental. There is a new sentimentalism, seen in Tanner's The Banjo Lesson.. There is a feeling of sympathy for the people in the situation. This stems from awareness on the part of the artist of environmental pressures. Tanner's dramatic use of light and shade contributes to the caring, intimate mood that the artist is trying to create between the old man and his student.

PORTFOLIO E PAIRED WITH:

HANSEN QUESTIONABLE COMPANIONS

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