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Henry Ossawa Tanner

Fishermen at Sea
about 1913
46 x 35 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jesse O. Tanner

The son of a famous African American minister, Tanner brought a deeply spiritual viewpoint and knowledge of the Bible to his paintings. While some works take their inspiration from specific Biblical incidents and characters, others stand as parables of man's struggle in the world, here loosely based on either Jonah's trials at sea or Christ and his disciples on the Sea of Galilee.