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“Exceptionally Beautiful "Henry Ossawa Tanner Paintings" Exhibit”

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The first municipal art museum in Texas is most well-known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, and also includes Baroque and Renaissance art, African tribal art, a sculpture garden and a teaching wing, where the works of students and top Texas artists are displayed.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Regarded as a realist painter, focusing on accurate depictions of his subjects, Tanner was the first U.S. African-American painter to gain international painting acclaim. After an unsuccessful photography studio and attempting to be a drawing instructor in the US, Tanner moved to Paris in 1891. There, within French art circles, the issue of race mattered little, and he acclimated quickly to Parisian life. At The Louvre, Tanner studied the works of Gustave Courbet, Jean-Baptiste Chardin and Louis Le Nain, and studied under several renowned artists, too. Originally, he painted marine scenes of man’s struggle with the sea, but by 1895 he was creating mostly religious works. His Middle Eastern travels to various mosques and Biblical sites as well as character studies of the local population allowed Tanner to further his artistic training.

Tanner was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in June 1859, and died in Paris, France, in May 1937.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The kids had a great time sketching some of the famous paintings on display in the Impressionist wing of the museum.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is as good as any fine arts museum in any city in the world. The venue is superb and the art displayed is magnificent. New shows are set up all through the year so one can see new selections many times in one year. Good restaraunt also provides a welcome place to sit down and rest during a long day.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We went in March when King Tut was there. The museum offered a discount on several hotels and included VIP entrance into the exhibit (no waiting in line). Will be back.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I toured here on a Thursday when it was free and enjoyed a number of paintings and sculptures. The staff were very friendly and helpful and helped me plan the remainder of my stay in Houston.

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