Scene of Algiers

Media - 1983.95.210 - SAAM-1983.95.210_2 - 135155
Copied Henry Ossawa Tanner, Scene of Algiers, n.d., oil on paperboard, 8 1410 58 in. (21.027.0 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David Silverman, 1983.95.210
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Artwork Details

Title
Scene of Algiers
Date
n.d.
Dimensions
8 1410 58 in. (21.027.0 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of David Silverman
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape — tree
  • Landscape — Algeria
Object Number
1983.95.210

Artwork Description

Henry Ossawa Tanner went to Algeria in the winter of 1908, where he encountered many of these scenes. The French government subsidized artists who traveled to its colonies, and this incentive may have encouraged Tanner to visit Algeria. (Mosby, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1991) In this painting the loose brushwork and patches of color suggest trees, hills, and a faintly discernible human figure.