HENRY OSSAWA TANNER (1859 - 1937) Raising of Lazarus.
Etching on cream laid paper, circa 1910. 178x127 mm; 7x5 inches, 1-inch (full ?) margins.
This richly inked print, with dark edges and hand-wiping, is a proof of an extremely scarce print. We have found only one other impression in a public or private collection. There is a signed impression in the collection of Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation, San Antonio, which was exhibited in Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit, the Pennyslvania Academy of the Fine Arts - see plate 68, pg. 236.
With a hand-written note in ink by the owner that is was authenticated by Jesse O. Tanner, the artist's son, on the frame back.
Tanner created this print about a dozen years after his famous painting, The Resurrection of Lazarus, 1896. Tanner achieved great success in Paris with the acceptance of his biblical subjects, culminating with the state's purchase of The Resurrection of Lazarus in 1897 after its inclusion in the Salon that year, and its housing in the Musée du Luxembourg. In his essay on The Resurrection of Lazarus in the Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit catalogue, Marc Simpson wrote that this etched view of the central figures is "known in only a few impressions." Marley p. 75.