Study for the Young Sabot Maker

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, Study for the Young Sabot Maker, ca. 1895, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.208

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After Henry Ossawa Tanner moved to France in 1891, he spent a few summers in Pont-Aven and Concarneau, where wooden shoes called sabots were common. This study shows a young student learning the trade from his teacher, a frequent theme in Tanner’s early work. In the final painting the young sabot-maker is not French but African American, reflecting Tanner’s own racial heritage. The Young Sabot Maker was his second painting to be accepted by the annual Paris exhibition, a coveted sign of official recognition from the French art establishment.

Study for the Young Sabot Maker
ca. 1895
On View
16 1/4 x 13 in. (41.3 x 33.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Figure group – male and child
  • Figure male – child
  • Occupation – craft – shoemaker
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