Welcome back to "It's (Black) History!"
This week, we are going to learn about a few Black artists:
Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)
Augusta Savage (1892-1962)
Joshua Johnston (1763-1832)Johnston was a portraitist in Baltimore from 1790 to 1825 and the first African American to gain credit and recognition for his artistic talents. Johnston, the product of a slave and a slave master, was significantly light-skinned, more than likely aiding in his rise to fame as a successful artist. No record shows that he ever formally learned to paint, but he called himself a "self-taught genius." Previously enslaved, he was able to gain his freedom in 1782 after completing a blacksmith apprenticeship. Although his work was virtually unknown, in 1939 a genealogist discovered him and his work, bringing his talents back to life
Were you familiar with any of these artists before the post? Who is your favorite? What is your favorite work of theirs? Let me know in the comments below!
Henry Ossawa Tanner: