Larger Type
Smaller Type

Search Collections

The Fisherman's Return

n.d. Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on canvas 25 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (64.8 x 49.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. Nicholas Zervas 1983.95.212 Not currently on view

Luce Center Label

The Fisherman's Return is one of two studies that Henry Ossawa Tanner created for a work titled Night, in which a fisherman and his son return home by lantern light. Beginning in the summer of 1900, the artist spent his vacations at Etaples, off the northern coast of France. Tanner may have painted this work as an homage to his father, a minister whom he greatly admired and who had praised him for dedicating his talents to religious images.


Architecture Exterior - domestic - cottage

Figure group

Landscape - time - night

Object - other - lantern

Occupation - industry - fishing


paint - oil

fabric - canvas