Profile of a Woman's Head

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, Profile of a Woman's Head, n.d., oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.201

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Henry Ossawa Tanner made many portraits while visiting the Holy Land to use as studies for his religious paintings. In the traditional dress of the Middle East, this woman resembles the images of Christ’s mother that Tanner created, such as Mary from about 1914. Tanner placed the woman against a dark background, a compositional trick that he learned from his teacher Thomas Eakins.

Title
Profile of a Woman's Head
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
14 1/8 x 11 3/4 in. (35.8 x 30.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified
Object Number
1983.95.201
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