Henry Ossawa Tanner: His Boyhood Dream Comes True

Henry Ossawa Tanner: His Boyhood Dream Comes True

Bunker Hill Publishing
32 pages
7.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
ISBN-10: 1593730926
ISBN-13: 978-1593730925

Faith Ringgold

Beautifully written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold, this children’s book accompanies the major exhibition Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit.

This is the story of Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the first African American painter to achieve fame in both Europe and America. An inspiration for the Harlem Renaissance artists and later generations of American painters, his story is retold by Faith Ringgold, one of today’s leading African American artists, to inspire another

Faith Ringgold’s depiction of Tanner’s struggle to achieve his dream and his success as a painter on the world stage will inspire and challenge young readers to look at the artist’s work and maybe go out and buy a few brushes and dry pigments (like Tanner did as a young boy in Philadelphia just 3 years after the Civil War) and set out to achieve their own dreams.

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