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The Man Who Rented Boats

n.d. Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on canvas mounted on plywood 9 1/4 x 12 3/8 in. (23.5 x 31.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.203 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11B

Luce Center Label

This spot in a Paris park where vendors rented toy boats reflects the charm that led Henry Ossawa Tanner to settle in Paris in 1891. In 1909, Tanner wrote that, “After having been in Paris a week, I [found] conditions so to my liking that I completely forgot that when I left New York I had made my plans to study in Rome.” (Mosby, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1991) As in many of his studies, he sketched this scene in oil instead of pencil.



Figure group

Landscape - park

Occupation - vendor - boat vendor

Recreation - sport and play - boating


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

wood - plywood