Symbolism in the United States

Henry Ossawa Tanner lived and worked in Paris, becoming the first African-American painter to gain international fame.

c. 1890 - 1940

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Henry Ossawa Tanner, <em>The Good Shepherd</em>
Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Good Shepherd

Painted after the end of World War I and amid pressure to "represent his race" as a Black man, Tanner brings biblical scenes into the modern world

Henry Ossawa Tanner, <em>The Banjo Lesson</em>
Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson

Tanner studied in Philadelphia and Paris, and his style combined elements of American Realism and earlier European artists.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, <em>Angels Appearing before the Shepherds</em>
Henry Ossawa Tanner, Angels Appearing before the Shepherds

Refusing to be known only for African-American genre pictures, Tanner was devoted to lush religious scenes.

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