Horace Pippin

1888 - 1946 / wikipedia / gwarlingo.com / gwarlingo.com
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“The pictures ... come to me in my mind, and if to me it is a worthwhile picture I paint it ... I do over the picture several times in my mind and when I am ready to paint it I have all the details I need.”
—Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin was an esteemed artist known for his renderings of the African-American experience, as well as biblical and historical imagery.

...He was completely self-taught as an artist outside of a limited stint of classes at the Barnes Foundation...

Horace Pippin (Feb. 22, 1888 – July 6, 1946); self-taught African-American painter. The injustice of slavery and American segregation figure prominently in many of his works.

A Pennsylvania State historical Marker was placed at 327 Gay St., West Chester, PA to commemorate his accomplishments and mark his home at the time of his death.

Born in West Chester, PA; grew up in Goshen, NY. There he attended segregated schools until he was 15, when he went to work to support his ailing mother. As a boy, Horace responded to an art supply company's advertising contest and won his first set set of crayons...

Pippin served in the 369th infantry, the famous Harlem Hellfighters, in Europe during WW I, where he lost the use of his right arm after being shot by a sniper. He said of his combat experience:

I did not care what or where I went. I asked God to help me, and he did so. And that is the way I came through that terrible and Hellish place. For the whole entire battlefield was hell, so it was no place for any human being to be. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Pippin)

Philosopher and writer Cornel West writes, Pippin’s art “portrays black people as ‘fully themselves’—that is, as they are outside of the white normative gaze that requires elaborate masks and intricate posturing for black survival and sanity.” It’s this empathy that radiates from his compositions.... (http://www.gwarlingo.com/2013/horace-pippin/)
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