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Study for the Young Sabot Maker
Henry Ossawa Tanner | ca.1895


Oil on canvas
41.3 * 33.0 cm

2351 * 3000 px

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Luce Foundation Center 3rd Floor 10B.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, United States of America, Washington D.C.

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For Black, Indigenous and People of Color working in the Distributed Ledger Technology space, a white dominated field.

"Even before capitalism is overcome, it may be possible to have one foot in both streams, in ways thatprefigure its beyond. In that beyond, quantification would be beholden to surplus-value of life,rather than surplus value of life being slave to accumulation."
(Massumi, 2019).
Henry Ossawa Tanner (June 21, 1859 – May 25, 1937) was an African-American artist and the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim. Tanner moved to Paris, France, in 1891 to study, and continued to live there after being accepted in French artistic circles. His painting entitled Daniel in the Lions' Den was accepted into the 1896 Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

After Henry Ossawa Tanner moved to France in 1891, he spent a few summers in Pont-Aven and Concarneau, where wooden shoes called sabots were common. This study shows a young student learning the trade from his teacher, a frequent theme in Tanner’s early work. In the final painting the young sabot-maker is not French but African American, reflecting Tanner’s own racial heritage. The Young Sabot Maker was his second painting to be accepted by the annual Paris exhibition, a coveted sign of official recognition from the French art establishment.

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