Happy Birthday, Henry Ossawa Tanner

“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.”

Henry Ossawa Tanner (June 21, 1859 – May 25, 1937), the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim.  He moved to Paris in 1891 to study and made it his permanent home, embraced in the French artistic circles.

Happy Birthday, Henry Ossawa Tanner

10 Replies to “Happy Birthday, Henry Ossawa Tanner”

  1. I looked up his artworks. Very beautiful! I wonder why I didn’t see many of them in the museums that i visited. He is indeed very talented. Thanks, Rebecca.


    1. Isn’t that interesting that you should ask! I just ordered the audio-book through the Vancouver Public Library. Somewhere I have read bits and pieces about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley. And the book is set within the amazing Jazz Age. Thank you for your recommendation. It seems that we are on the same wavelength!! 🙂

      And thank you for your warm words of encouragement!


    1. You always make me feel fantastic! Thank you, Cindy! Your encouragement has been invaluable in my blogging journey. 🙂


    1. Me too!! And to take it a step further and embrace and honour the gift of diversity. We can learn so much from each other!!


  2. Paris must have been a wondrous place for the forty years around the turn of the century. So much history about interesting people from that era!!! Even later on, when Julia Child was there, it was so intriguing.

    Wonder what it is like today.


    1. Oh Judilyn – I have a feeling that Paris was always a fascinating city! I am in the middle of reading David McCullough’s “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” which is the story of Americans that went to Paris from 1830 to 1900. He writes “Not all pioneers went west.” What stories – David Morse, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, to name just a few! I have a feeling that there is still many stories that are happening even today! Maybe it is time for us to go to Paris. 🙂


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