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Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior.

Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior.

I decided on the spot that I would be an artist, and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind. ---->>>

It seemed to me that this might be a great pageant, which would give a chance for a very interesting picture.

It seemed to me that this might be a great pageant, which would give a chance for a very interesting picture.

I will preach with my brush. ---->>>

My efforts have been to not only put the Biblical incident in the original setting, but at the same time give the human touch which makes the whole world kin and which ever remains the same. ---->>>

Get it - get it better or get it worse. No middle ground of compromise. ---->>>

My effort has been not only to put the Biblical incident in the original setting... but at the same time give the human touch to convey to my public the reverence and elevation these subjects impart to me. ---->>>

I believe the Negro blood counts, and counts to my advantage - though it has caused me at times a life of great humiliation and sorrow. ---->>>

The physical characteristics of the child Jesus will always remain a point of discussion. No artist has ever produced a type, nor ever will, that has in it all that the varying minds of all time will acknowledge as complete. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: June 21, 1859
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Die: 05-25, 1937
Occupation: Artist
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Henry Ossawa Tanner (June 21, 1859 – May 25, 1937) was an American artist and the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim. Tanner moved to Paris in 1891 to study, where he continued to live after being accepted in French artistic circles. His painting entitled Daniel in the Lions' Den was accepted into the 1896 Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris (wikipedia)