Art Fact Friday – Tanner and Clark

 

 


#ArtFactFriday : Henry Ossawa Tanner’s “The Banjo Lesson” 1893 (Oil on canvas, 49 by 35 1/2″. Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA.) shows a man teaching a young boy to play the banjo that breaks the stereotypical association of the banjo being played only for the entertainment of white society. Instead, the painting presents to the viewer the practice an instrument as a time to bond and pass on knowledge to the next generation.

In ZuCot our artist E. Richard Clark has a watercolor titled “Banjo Song” that shows a similar scene, but this is of an older gentleman looking up to his instrument in contemplation of new music. 


 

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