The Canyon

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Canyon, n.d., oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.183

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This barren landscape suggests a scene that Henry Ossawa Tanner probably saw while in the Middle East in 1897 or 1898. The clear blue sky that appears through the opening of the deep canyon evokes a hot, sunny day in the desert region. Tanner applied thick paint and left his brushstrokes visible in order to convey the canyon’s rough terrain.

Title
The Canyon
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Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
16 x 13 in. (40.6 x33.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

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Keywords
  • Landscape – canyon
Object Number
1983.95.183
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