He got international attention for his landmark religious painting The Resurrection of Lazarus, but as seen in ''Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit,'' the African American artist's canon includes a wide variety of subjects. ''Modern Spirit'' consists of more than 100 works, including 12 paintings that have never been seen in a Tanner retrospective. Among the works on exhibit is the stately Portrait of Booker T. Washington, showing the civil rights advocate, his face serene, in a suit and bowtie. There's the tranquil View of the Seine, Looking toward Notre Dame, the river and sky both awash in varying shades of blues. And there’s the meditative Boy and Sheep under a Tree, with both the boy and his sheep settled under a shade tree. The only two sculptures Tanner is known to have completed are also in the show, including the elegant Bust of Benjamin Tucker Tanner, a study of the artist’s father.
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The son of a former slave, Tanner was the first major academically trained African American artist. Tanner left Philadelphia after the Civil War for Paris, where he saw soaring success, including overwhelming praise for The Resurrection of Lazarus. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-days and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through January 13.
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