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In 1898, the then-relatively unknown black artist Henry Ossawa Tanner exhibited a monumental painting, "The Annunciation," in the annual Paris Salon, where it was viewed with enthusiasm by French critics and visiting Philadelphians.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art bought the painting in 1899 - its first purchase of work by an African American, and Tanner's first inclusion in the collection of an American museum.

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