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Celine Tabary - French/American Artist

Celine Marie Tabary (1908-1993) was a French artist that became active in the Washington, DC area in the mid-20th century.  Tabary's work has been recognized for skill and artistic temperament.  While her artwork alone should have brought her national notoriety, it was her relationship with Lois Mailou Jones that has brought her into the world of artistic folklore.

Tabary was studying at the Academie Julian in Paris when Jones an African American arrived to study there also.  Jones needed assistance, so Tabary served as her interpreter and brought her home to stay.  In Paris the both of them studied under Emil Bernard, a post-impressionist painter that had known Vincent van Gogh.  In 1938, Tabary arrived here in the U.S. to visit to Jones.  Tabary could not return France due to the rising tensions that became World War II.

During these turbulent times, Tabary and Jones taught children art classes.  As time progressed, Tabary ended up on the faculty of Howard University in 1945, te…