Henry Ossawa Tanner quotes

  • I will preach with my brush.
    -- Henry Ossawa Tanner


  • I was extremely timid and to be made to feel that I was not wanted, although in a place where I had every right to be, even months afterwards caused me sometimes weeks of pain. Every time any one of these disagreeable incidents came into my mind, my heart sank, and I was anew tortured by the thought of what I had endured, almost as much as the incident itself.
    -- Henry Ossawa Tanner

    #Pain #Heart #Mind

  • My effort has been not only to put the Biblical incident in the original setting… but at the same time give the human touch to convey to my public the reverence and elevation these subjects impart to me.
    -- Henry Ossawa Tanner

    #Biblical #Giving #Effort

  • Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, the ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm, big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior.
    -- Henry Ossawa Tanner

    #Appreciation #Heart #Artist

  • I believe the Negro blood counts, and counts to my advantage – though it has caused me at times a life of great humiliation and sorrow.
    -- Henry Ossawa Tanner

    #Believe #Blood #Sorrow

  • Get it - get it better or get it worse. No middle ground of compromise.
    -- Henry Ossawa Tanner

    #Compromise #Middle

  • The physical characteristics of the child Jesus will always remain a point of discussion. No artist has ever produced a type, nor ever will, that has in it all that the varying minds of all time will acknowledge as complete.
    -- Henry Ossawa Tanner

    #Jesus #Children #Artist

  • Humor (is) the process that allows one to brush reality aside when it gets too distressing.

  • Real painters understand with a brush in their hand.

  • Jesus will brush aside your inabilities.

  • wash the brush, just beats the devil out of it

  • With a brush you have control. The paint goes on the brush and you make the mark. From experience you know exactly what will happen. With the squeegee you lose control.

  • I will preach with my brush.

  • I still have to remind myself to brush my hair and look socially acceptable.

  • The more you paint the more fluent you are with your brush.

  • No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on

  • If you cut a painter's hands off, he'd still feel the urge to pick up a brush.