|The Annunciation (1898) Henry Ossawa Tanner|
|Ecce Ancilla Domini! D G Rossetti|
The colours that Tanner use are warm and glowing, reflecting the Spirit in the room. His use of light, everything lit by the glowing pillar, highlights the face of the Virgin and the sparsity of her belongings. Like Rossetti's image, you get a sense of the space inhabited by the action, we know how big the room is that one of the pivotal moments of Christianity is happening by the behaviour of the light and shadows.
Tanner is a fascinating artist and not one I was overly familiar with before. An African-American artist born in 1859, he spent much of his life in France to escape the racism of his homeland. He was the first African-American artist to gain international acceptance, and his painting Daniel in the Lion's Den was accepted into the 1896 Salon. Possibly his best known work is this one...
|The Banjo Lesson (1893)|
Well, I need to wrap some presents and take some cold medicine as I fight off the plague my daughter is just shrugging off. Thank the glowing pillar of fire in the corner of the room that school and work have ended for a fortnight. Bring on Christmas!
See you tomorrow...