E.M. Bannister: Black History Month

E.M. Bannister: Black History Month

What they were saying in the local press about the great African American artist, Edward Bannister (1828 – 1901)  in 1880.  We celebrate his art and the man in 2019 for Black history month.

ON EDWARD BANNISTER – Fine Arts at the Infantry Fair, 1880
“That Mr. Bannister, of this city, can equal any one when the subject inspires him, is amply proved by the charming little painting belonging to Mr. Bates, that fortunately found a place in the loan collection. Strength, color, technique all are there, and combine to render this piece of work worthy of Dupre, to whom its luminous color led us at first sight to ascribe it. “