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Street in Tangier

ca. 1910 Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on fiberboard 13 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (34.5 x 26.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of James and Shirley Gordon 1983.95.209 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 10B

Luce Center Label

Henry Ossawa Tanner might have created this scene with a passage from the Gospel of Luke in mind. In the background, Mary and Joseph approach the inn at Bethlehem, represented by the shadowed entrance on the left (Mosby, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1991). Tanner did not visit Tangier until 1912, which suggests that he probably painted this scene in his Paris studio from postcards or photographs of the Moroccan city.


Architecture Exterior - detail - arch

Architecture Exterior - detail - door

Cityscape - Morocco - Tangier

Cityscape - street

Figure group


paint - oil