Palace of Justice, Tangier

Media - 1970.67 - SAAM-1970.67_1 - 84185
Copied Henry Ossawa Tanner, Palace of Justice, Tangier, ca. 1912-1913, oil on canvas, 25 5831 78 in. (65.181.0 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Baxter, 1970.67
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Artwork Details

Palace of Justice, Tangier
ca. 1912-1913
Not on view
25 5831 78 in. (65.181.0 cm)
lower right in oil: H. O. TANNER
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Baxter
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Figure group
  • Cityscape — street
  • Cityscape — Morocco — Tangier
  • Moroccan
  • Architecture Exterior — civic — courthouse
  • Architecture Exterior — civic — Palace of Justice
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Artwork Description

Henry Ossawa Tanner traveled to Tangier in 1912, but it is unclear if he painted this scene there or in his Paris studio, using postcards of the city. The buildings in the background are the law courts, which once housed Morocco’s royal officials. The figures in the right side of the picture represent Mary and Joseph on the flight into Egypt, one of Tanner’s favorite Bible stories. His expressive brushwork and the blues and purples evoke not only an exotic, distant place, but the world of the spirit as well.