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Scene of Algiers

n.d. Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on paperboard 8 1/4 x 10 5/8 in. (21.0 x 27.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of David Silverman 1983.95.210 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Henry Ossawa Tanner went to Algeria in the winter of 1908, where he encountered many of these scenes. The French government subsidized artists who traveled to its colonies, and this incentive may have encouraged Tanner to visit Algeria. (Mosby, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1991) In this painting the loose brushwork and patches of color suggest trees, hills, and a faintly discernible human figure.

Keywords

Landscape - Algeria

Landscape - tree

painting

paint - oil

paperboard