Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Young Sabot Maker

The Young Sabot Maker: Henry Ossawa Tanner

American Henry Ossawa Tanner paints a scene of industry in realistic detail in his 1895 oil on canvas The Young Sabot Maker. The boy leans into his physical work and is completed occupied and concentrated. The older man looks on with a smiling pride at the effort and skill of his apprentice carving the shoe. The work is an ode to the ethic of labour. Tanner moved to Paris in 1891 where he painted this picture.

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Young Sabot Maker is in the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas.

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