Monday, June 15, 2009

Henry Tanner

The Banjo Lesson

We studied this painting for
Picture Study at the conference.
Henry Tanner : 1859-1937
He faced tremendous odds and
overcame them through his faith
in Christ. I don't know of many
artists who did that. This hangs
in Hampton,VA at the university.
It reminds me of Vermeer. Light
comes in from a window and a fire-
place, warming the grandfather
as he passes down music to his
grandson. The safest place is in
his lap. I can hear the banjo playing
and the grandfather's voice saying
"that's right , you got it!" Notice the
pitcher in the background and bread
on a beautiful table cloth.

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