Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

Media - 1983.95.211 - SAAM-1983.95.211_1 - 65170
Copied Henry Ossawa Tanner, Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1897?, oil on fiberboard, 22 3818 78 in. (56.847.9 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jack Hafif, 1983.95.211
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Artwork Details

Title
Portrait of the Artist’s Wife
Date
1897?
Dimensions
22 3818 78 in. (56.847.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Jack Hafif
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female — Tanner, Henry Ossawa, Mrs. — bust
Object Number
1983.95.211

Artwork Description

Jessie Macauley Olssen first met Henry Ossawa Tanner in Barbizon, France. They married in Paris in 1899 and had one child together. In this portrait, Mrs. Tanner is shown in a highly studied pose meant to look informal and casual. Tanner painted Jessie’s face with greater detail than her dress, which he painted in a loose, unfinished manner.