The Man Who Rented Boats

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Man Who Rented Boats, n.d., oil on canvas mounted on plywood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.203

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This spot in a Paris park where vendors rented toy boats reflects the charm that led Henry Ossawa Tanner to settle in Paris in 1891. In 1909, Tanner wrote that, “After having been in Paris a week, I [found] conditions so to my liking that I completely forgot that when I left New York I had made my plans to study in Rome.” (Mosby, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1991) As in many of his studies, he sketched this scene in oil instead of pencil.

Title
The Man Who Rented Boats
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
9 1/4 x 12 3/8 in. (23.5 x 31.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas mounted on plywood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – sport and play – boating
  • Landscape – park
  • Children
  • Figure group
  • Occupation – vendor – boat vendor
Object Number
1983.95.203
Palette
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