Musée No:379.047Regular price £25.00
Boat On Sea
Artist: Edward Mitchell Bannister
1828 – 1901 Bannister, a Black Canadian–American Tonalist painter was the son of a black immigrant from Barbados. Initially a seaman, he settled in Boston, where he made a living as a hairdresser and as a hand-tinter of photographs. He began his professional practice as a photographer and portraitist. With the encouragement of his wife, Christiana Carteaux, he turned to painting and his signature style atmospheric idealised landscapes and seascapes was popular, especially in Boston. Both he and his wife were members of Boston's abolitionist movement. He was the first African-American artist to win a national award, but the judges were surprised by his ethnic background. For years, Bannister painted landscapes with muted colours that recalled the works of the French Barbizon school.