Fishermen at Sea

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, Fishermen at Sea, ca. 1913, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jesse O. Tanner, 1983.95.215

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Conservators discovered this painting on the back of Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Salomé during restoration. Early in his career, Tanner painted marine scenes that showed man’s struggle with the sea, but by 1895 he was creating mostly religious works. In this painting, Tanner depicted a passage described in the book of Matthew: "But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary." The surging sea pushes the boat to an almost vertical position, revealing the fishermen that Tanner rendered as dabs of paint.

Title
Fishermen at Sea
Artists
Date
ca. 1913
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
46 x 35 1/4 in. (116.9 x 89.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jesse O. Tanner

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Architecture – boat – sailboat
  • Occupation – industry – fishing
  • Waterscape – sea
Object Number
1983.95.215
Palette
Emoji
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