Artwork of the Week: June 21

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Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859–1937), The Disciples on the Sea, oil on canvas, about 1910. Gallery 30B

Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859–1937), The Disciples on the Sea, oil on canvas, about 1910. Gallery 30B

A Pennsylvania native, Henry Ossawa Tanner was the son of a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a former slave who escaped on the Underground Railroad. Here Tanner paints Jesus and his disciples in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. It is the moment after Jesus has miraculously walked on the rough water to reach the struggling boat. He comes aboard to reassure the apostles, and the wind immediately calms. Tanner primarily employed different shades of blue in his paintings at this time and began to express scenes in more abstract forms.


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