Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit at The Cincinnati Art Museum Through September 9

June 20th, 2012  |  Published in Announcements

The life and career of one of the greatest African American painters will be on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the exhibition, Modern Spirit. The son of a former slave and an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Bishop, Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) gained international acclaim in the art world of his day. Tanner’s first ever solo exhibition was held in the fall of 1890, right here in Cincinnati.  More than a century later, Modern Spirit will include over one hundred pieces, from paintings to rare sculptures, illuminating Tanner’s upbringing in Philadelphia in the years after the Civil War; the artist’s success as an American expatriate artist at the highest levels of the International art world at the turn of the 20th century; and his modernist invigoration of religious painting deeply rooted in his own faith.

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