Henry Ossawa Tanner: His Boyhood Dream Comes True

Henry Ossawa Tanner His Boyhood Dream Comes True This is the story of a small African American boy who followed his dream and became one of America s most important painters recognized and praised in both America and Europe When he was just thirtee

  • Title: Henry Ossawa Tanner: His Boyhood Dream Comes True
  • Author: Faith Ringgold
  • ISBN: 9781593730925
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the story of a small African American boy who followed his dream and became one of America s most important painters, recognized and praised in both America and Europe When he was just thirteen years old, Henry ran across a man painting in a Philadelphia park Inspired to paint himself, Henry was given enough money to buy some brushes and pigments by his mother aThis is the story of a small African American boy who followed his dream and became one of America s most important painters, recognized and praised in both America and Europe When he was just thirteen years old, Henry ran across a man painting in a Philadelphia park Inspired to paint himself, Henry was given enough money to buy some brushes and pigments by his mother and so his adventure began Henry Ossawa Tanner was no ordinary young man He was born in 1859, just two years before the Civil War began His middle name, Ossawa, was taken from the town of Osawatomie in Kansas, the site of an anti slavery raid The oldest of seven children, Henry graduated from one of the few secondary schools for Black people in Philadelphia before studying under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Later he went to France, where he had heard Black artists were accepted without prejudice Indeed, not only were his paintings exhibited every year in the Paris Salon but in 1923, he was made a chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor, France s highest award for an artist Henry Ossawa Tanner His Boyhood Dreams Come True is Faith Ringgold s fifteenth book for children Her illustrations capture all the joy and passion of her previous stories including Tar Beach, which has won than thirty awards, including a Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award.

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    1. Young, black, Henry Tanner decides he would like to become a famous painter. The time period is the mid to late 1800's just after the Civil War. Henry tries to emulate the painters in Fairmount Park and starts out using cast-off supplies. He is eventually able to study art in Philadelphia. Persistence pays off and Henry goes to Europe where blacks are better accepted. The Paris Salon is his next step where he receives one of France's highest awards as an artist. Some of his religious works are h [...]

    2. A clear, serviceable biography about Henry Ossawa Tanner, an African American Artist. Ringgold does a beautiful job incorporating an easy-to-understand narrative, photographs, and her own artwork. Though her illustrations are definitely Ringgold, they are more subdued than what I have found in some of her other works. Recommended for elementary school students learning about American Artists. This is also a solid choice school biography project; this choice uses the same level of writing and bio [...]

    3. Great read aloud for secondary Art, Arts & Humanities, and maybe History/English when studying the Harlem Renaissance.

    4. This book is about Henry Ossawa Tanner. His life started when he told his father he wanted to be an artist at a very young age. He followed his dreams and became an artist.

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