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Henry Ossawa Tanner
Haystacks
about 1930
oil
26 1/4 x 21 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Irwin M. Sparr



Tanner's spontaneous brushwork and simple forms make this one of his most impressionistic compositions. The large haystacks recall Monet's interest in this subject, and muted tonalities lend a gentle, melancholic quality to Tanner's interpretation.