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Early African American Artists Faced Obstacles

Tanner Achieves International Recognition

The first African American artist to gain international prominence was Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937). His career was nearing its end by the time of the Harlem Renaissance, but he influenced many younger artists. Born in 1859 to a Baptist minister and his wife, Tanner grew up in Pennsylvania. He decided to become an artist after attending the 1876 Centennial Art Exhibition in Philadelphia, where he saw the works of many important European and American painters. Tanner studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was particularly influenced by one of his teachers, the eminent painter Thomas Eakins (1844–1916). Eakins impressed Tanner with his ability to portray African Americans in natural, dignified ways rather than as exaggerated, stereotypical figures.

Tanner began his career as a magazine and book illustrator, and in 1889 he opened a photography studio in Atlanta...

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