This 64+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.
This piece was illustrated by Pippin, Horace. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.
Horace Pippin (22 February, 1888 - 6 July, 1946) was a self-taught African-American artist born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Artistic from an early age, Pippin frequented the Goshen racetrack, making drawings of racehorses and jockeys. Having held various toilsome jobs, including work at a coal yard and iron foundry, Pippin enlisted in the United States Army at the age of twenty-nine, joining the Fifteenth New York Regiment, which was subsequently placed under French High Command, becoming the 369th Regiment. Pippin saw battle at Bois-dÕHauze, France, documenting his time in the trenches in illustrated journals. During this time, Pippin was wounded by fire from a German sniper, losing the use of his right arm.
Upon his return to the United States, Pippin began drawing and painting in an attempt to strengthen his wounded arm, completing his first oil painting, The End of War: Starting Home, in 1930. Drawing upon his childhood memories, experience during the First World War, Biblical scenes and the common scenes of his everyday life, by the end of the 1930s Pippin had attracted the attention and support of notable artists, dealers, curators and critics, including N.C. Wyeth, Albert C. Barnes, Robert Carlen and Dorothy Miller.
Enrolling at the Barnes Foundation during the autumn of 1939 and the spring of 1940, Pippin remained largely self-taught, and retained a unique and distinctive aesthetic characterized by a flat picture plane, unique perspective and brilliant use of color. In 1938, Pippin made his national debut in the Museum of Modern ArtÕs traveling exhibition, ÒMasters of Popular Painting.Ó In the eight years that followed, Pippin became widely recognized and acclaimed. Pippin held frequent solo exhibitions, sold his work to both museums and private collectors, and was included in numerous surveys held throughout the country. Pippin died in 1947.
PippinÕs work is currently held in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum, the Phillips Collection and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Keywords specific to this image: African-American Art, Masters of Popular Painting, American Art, Self-taught Art, Naive Art, Gospel of John 7:53-8:11