Pioneers of the Paint: Masters of the 19th Century showcases the art of Robert Scott Duncanson, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Charles Ethan Porter and Henry Ossawa Tanner. These artists were united by their desire and determination to create art in a hostile sociopolitical environment. They also defied all odds to achieve critical success during their lifetimes. Upon their deaths, and with the cease in production of new pieces, their artistry fell onto relative obscurity. Today, this body of work garners both national and international attention with the expansion of biographical research and an increase in museum acquisition.