Feb 17, 2009 - Sale 2169

Sale 2169 - Lot 1

Price Realized: $ 66,000
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Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000
The Annunciation to the Shepherds.

Oil on canvas, circa 1895. 325x400 mm; 12 3/4x15 7/8 inches. Signed in oil on the verso.

Provenance: private collection, Chevy Chase, MD.

This painting and the following are both early examples of Tanner's Biblical subjects. He traveled to Paris in 1892 and studied under the French academic painters Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens at
the Académie Julian. By the turn of the century, Tanner was painting larger, refined canvases and exhibiting them at the prestigious and rigorously-juried Salon almost every year. He had received the type of recognition in the Parisian art community that few other Americans ever achieved. In 1897, Tanner's Resurrection of Lazarus was purchased by the Musée du Luxembourg. Tanner revisited this subject with The Angels Appearing Before the Shepherds, circa 1910, based on his direct observations of the Holy Land landscape.