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Portrait of the Artist's Wife

1897? Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on fiberboard 22 3/8 x 18 7/8 in. (56.8 x 47.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jack Hafif 1983.95.211 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Jessie Macauley Olssen first met Henry Ossawa Tanner in Barbizon, France. They married in Paris in 1899 and had one child together. In this portrait, Mrs. Tanner is shown in a highly studied pose meant to look informal and casual. Tanner painted Jessie’s face with greater detail than her dress, which he painted in a loose, unfinished manner.


Portrait female - Tanner, Henry Ossawa, Mrs. - bust


paint - oil