Henry Ossawa Tanner, Moses in the Bullrushes, 1921, oil on wood panel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.197
Henry Ossawa Tanner took most of his themes from the New Testament, but also made several paintings of the story of Moses. The mother of Moses had set her infant son adrift in the Nile in a basket of reeds so that Pharaoh’s soldiers would not slay the Hebrew child. Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby, who was raised in the palace until Moses rejected his royal position and led his people to freedom. The muted blues capture the nighttime scene, where the moonlight reflecting on the water may signify God’s presence.
Moses in the Bullrushes
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22 3/8 x 15 1/8 in. (56.8 x 38.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins
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- oil on wood panel
- Religion – Old Testament – Moses
- Landscape – river – Nile River
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