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The Good Shepherd (Atlas Mountains, Morocco)

ca. 1930 Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on fiberboard 29 7/8 x 36 in. (75.8 x 91.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.198 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 12A

Luce Center Label

In 1912, Henry Ossawa Tanner traveled to Morocco to see the Atlas Mountains. In this painting he downplayed the story in favor of the impressive landscape itself. Tanner’s son Jesse remembered that The Good Shepherd was his father’s favorite subject. The artist believed that “God needs us to help fight with him against evil and we need God to guide us” (Jesse Tanner in Mathews, Henry Ossawa Tanner, American Artist, 1969).


Animal - sheep

Landscape - Morocco

Landscape - mountain - Atlas Mountains

Occupation - farm - shepherd

Religion - New Testament - Good Shepherd


paint - oil