Nationality

American

Artist Dates

1909-1993

Title of Work

Loading Ice Blocks

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Date of Work

1934

Medium

Oil on canvas

Collection/Provenance

Memorial Union Collection

Status

Displayed

Location

University House

Artist Bio

Henry J. Tanous, the son of Syrian immigrants, was born in Hettinger, North Dakota. He studied at UND, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and the Minneapolis Art Institute. In 1939, Tanous moved to California, where he became an animator for Disney Studios.

Additional Information

During the Great Depression, Tanous was hired by the Public Works of Art Project to paint North Dakota subjects, such as the painting on display. Loading Ice Blocks is executed in a Regionalist manner comparable to the style of Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975).

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