Musée No:819.002

Musée No:819.002

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Boston Street Scene

Artist: Edward Mitchell Bannister

Date:1895

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. However, in this painting, one of his last works, painted during a stay in Boston in the late 1890s, Bannister adopted a much more vivid palette.

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