“This rare Tanner demonstrates the contribution he made to the development of American art. I am glad that so many people will get the opportunity to see it,” said Maurita N. Poole, Ph.D., director of the CAU Art Museum in a statement.
Tanner was born in Pittsburgh six years before the end of the Civil War. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts but moved to France where he would live out his remaining years and become one the first American artists of any race to achieve an international reputation in the art world.
At NMAAHC, Tanner joins CAU alumnus Horace Henry (CC '71) whose One Day in January -- a collection of pictures of the first memorial service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- will also be on display.