Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Henry Ossawa Tanner

In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday, Sherry Miller writes a perceptive and comprehensive essay on Henry Osawa Tanner. He was an artist of African-American descent who is far too little known in the US.

Why isn't Henry Ossawa Tanner a household name? He is a major American artist with an international reputation. Is he relatively unknown here because he is an African American? He has been acclaimed among black leaders including Booker T. Washington, Edward Bannister, and W.E.B. DuBois. Tanner's solid accomplishments in painting and his illustrious family history, together with their relative exclusion from American arts and letters, make a strong argument for multiculturalism - in this case the inclusion of non-white-male artists in the canons of our books and universities?

Read more at BAAQ.

"We are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Thank you, Dr. King...

1 comment:

Zoomie said...

I had never heard of him before, and yet this is a marvelous painting! Will go search out more of his work. Thanks, Nancy.