Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

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.

Title
Portrait of the Artist’s Wife
Artist
Date
1897?
Location
Dimensions
22 3818 78 in. (56.847.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jack Hafif

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Tanner, Henry Ossawa, Mrs. – bust
Object Number
1983.95.211
Palette
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