The Annunciaton, 1898, oil on canvas. Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1859-1937, American. Philadelphia Museum of Art
The first African American to gain international acclaim as an artist, Tanner studied first at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia; and was a student of the celebrated Thomas Eakins who also painted his student’s portrait. He was also among the many artists to flee the racism of his native country: he studied and lived in France for many years and died in Paris.