Study for the Bagpipe Lesson

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, Study for the Bagpipe Lesson, 1892, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.42

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This study shows a boy practicing the bagpipe, but for the final version, Henry Ossawa Tanner added a teacher and two more figures. Bagpipe players were common in the French region of Pont-Aven and Concarneau, where Tanner spent his summers in the 1890s. Here, he used bold colors and loose brushwork to capture the scene. Tanner entered a finished version in the annual Paris exhibition, but it was rejected; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, however, accepted it for their yearly show.

Title
Study for the Bagpipe Lesson
Artist
Date
1892
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 5 x 5 15/16 in. (12.7 x 15.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Study
  • Landscape – forest
  • Figure – child – waist length
Object Number
1983.95.42
Palette
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