Our lives mean exactly what we say they mean - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Henry Ossawa Tanner was the United States’ first African-American celebrity artist. His training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (under the guidance of ) and at the Académie Julian in Paris (with Jean-Léon Gérôme) put him in the unique position of having experienced two vastly different approaches to painting— American Realism and French academic painting. He was also one of the few artists to have had such training at a time when there were many barriers to education for African-Americans. Though Tanner lived most of his life in France and became well known for his lush biblical paintings, The Banjo Lesson is his most famous work and the painting that has become emblematic with his oeuvre.
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Rather than learning valuable life lessons in the classroom, the children in Toni Cade Bambara's "The Lesson" learn the harsh economic inequality of their society.