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Henry O. Tanner

Gate at Tangier, 1910

Etching on paper

9.5" x 7"


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Gate at Tangier

Henry O. Tanner, America's premier expatriate African American artist at the turn of the century, made his first trip to North Africa in 1908. His travels inspired what are considered his Orientalist works as well as some of his most eloquent biblical scenes. Gate at Tangier is one of Tanner's many iterations of the shadowy archways connecting the streets and passages of Tangier, through which heavily draped figures pursue their daily activities. Tanner's sensitive treatment of North African subject matter is a marked departure from the exoticized view of the East that was the foundation of European Orientalist tradition.   A. L. C.

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