Henry Ossawa Tanner: Art, Faith, Race, and Legacy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Henry Ossawa Tanner

Art, Faith, Race, and Legacy, 1st Edition

By Naurice Frank Woods, Jr.

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264 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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Description

Over the last forty years, renewed interest in the career of Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937) has vaulted him into expanding scholarly discourse on American art. Consequently, he has emerged as the most studied and recognized representative of African American art during the nineteenth century. In fact, Tanner, in the spirit of political correctness and racial inclusiveness, has gained a prominent place in recent textbooks on mainstream American art and his painting, The Banjo Lesson (1893), has become an iconic symbol of black creativity. In addition, Tanner achieved national recognition when the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1991 and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2012 celebrated him with major retrospectives. The latter exhibition brought in a record number of viewers. While Tanner lived a relatively simple life where his faith and family dictated many of the choices he made daily, his emergence as a prominent black artist in the late nineteenth century often thrust him openly into coping with the social complexities inherent with America’s great racial divide. In order to fully appreciate how he negotiated prevailing prejudices to find success, this book places him in the context of a uniquely talented black man experiencing the demands and rewards of nineteenth-century high art and culture. By careful examination on multiple levels previously not detailed, this book adds greatly to existing Tanner scholarship and provides readers with a more complete, richly deserved portrait of this preeminent American master.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Henry Ossawa Tanner, "Negro Painter"

Introduction: Creativity and Racism in the Nineteenth Century

1. Of the Father and of the Son: the Rise of Benjamin and Henry Tanner

2. Into the South and Across the Sea: Atlanta and Paris Beckon

3. The American Interlude: Race and Religion on Canvas

4. Crossing Over Jordan: Salon Triumph and Spiritual Crisis

5. A Salon Master in a Modern Century

6. The Great War, the New Negro, and the Celestial City

Epilogue: The Redemption of Memory

About the Author

Naurice Frank Woods, Jr. is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the former program head and has published recently in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, American Art, and the Journal of Black Masculinity.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Race

Routledge Research in Art and Race is a new series focusing on race as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015020
ART / American / General
ART016030
ART / Individual Artists / Monographs
ART018000
ART / Techniques / Oil Painting
ART038000
ART / American / African American
HIS036040
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HIS056000
HISTORY / African American
SOC001000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies