Feb 06, 2007 - Sale 2102

Sale 2102 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 5,760
Show Hammer Price?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
Gateway to Tangiers.

Etching, circa 1905-10. 174x238 mm; 6 7/8x9 3/8 inches, full margins. A later, posthumous printing. Signed and numbered 49/120 in ink by the artist's son, Jesse O. Tanner, verso. With the artist's estate ink stamp verso. A very good, dark impression.

America's first internationally renowned African-American artist, Henry Ossawa Tanner was born in Pittsburgh to a well-educated and devoutly religious family. With the support of his parents and inspiration from the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy, where he studied under Thomas Eakins. In 1891 Tanner moved to Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian with Benjamin Constant and J.P. Laurens. Tanner achieved great success in Paris with the acceptance of his Biblical subjects, starting with the inclusion of Daniel in the Lions' Den in the Salon, and culminating with the state's purchase of The Raising of Lazarus
. After a trip to the Holy Land in 1897, he painted many Biblical scenes with an increasingly impressionistic palette, and made many subsequent trips. In 1923, he was made Chevalier by the Order of the Legion of Honor. In 1927, Tanner was elected a full member of the National Academy of Design, the first African-American to receive that distinction.