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Profile of a Woman's Head

n.d. Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on wood 14 1/8 x 11 3/4 in. (35.8 x 30.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.201 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11B

Luce Center Label

Henry Ossawa Tanner made many portraits while visiting the Holy Land to use as studies for his religious paintings. In the traditional dress of the Middle East, this woman resembles the images of Christ’s mother that Tanner created, such as Mary from about 1914. Tanner placed the woman against a dark background, a compositional trick that he learned from his teacher Thomas Eakins.


Portrait female - unidentified


paint - oil