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The Banjo Lesson by Henry Ossawa Tanner - Famous Art - Handmade Oil Painting on Canvas


Henry Ossawa Tanner was best known for being the first African-American to gain international acclaim in the field of visual arts. He spent most of his career in Paris. But he painted one of his most critically acclaimed works, The Banjo Player, during his short visit in Philadelphia. It depicts an old man teaching a child, probably a grandson, how to play a banjo. This seemingly innocent and honest portrait is Tanner’s response to common depictions of Black Americans as entertainers. Many portraits about Black Americans during those period lack apathy, just stereotyping the black man as an entertainer. This painting however is more intimate and true, capturing real contact, depicting real people and not just stereotypes. 

Size: 49 cm (h) x 36 cm(w)
19 in (h) x 14 in (w)

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Material: Oil Paint on Canvas

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