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Street Scene, Tangier (Man Leading Calf)

ca. 1910 Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on paperboard 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27.0 x 34.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.196A Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Henry Ossawa Tanner probably painted this scene in his Paris studio from postcards or photographs of Tangier, which he visited two years later. By 1910, Tanner had established himself as a religious painter and used his trips to North Africa and the Middle East for inspiration. This street scene refers to the passage in the Bible in which a man is told to go into the village and retrieve a donkey that will carry Christ into Jerusalem.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Architecture Exterior

Cityscape - Morocco - Tangier

Cityscape - street

Figure male - full length

painting

paint - oil

paperboard