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Study for the Bagpipe Lesson

1892 Henry Ossawa Tanner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859 Died: Paris, France 1937 oil on paperboard sheet: 5 x 5 15/16 in. (12.7 x 15.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.42 Not currently on view

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This study shows a boy practicing the bagpipe, but for the final version, Henry Ossawa Tanner added a teacher and two more figures. Bagpipe players were common in the French region of Pont-Aven and Concarneau, where Tanner spent his summers in the 1890s. Here, he used bold colors and loose brushwork to capture the scene. Tanner entered a finished version in the annual Paris exhibition, but it was rejected; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, however, accepted it for their yearly show.


Figure - child - waist length

Landscape - forest



paint - oil