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Horace Pippin. Victorian Parlor II. Self-taught Folk Artist Served in World War One Painted despite of serious injury to his arm Best known for his work depicting African American life and the horrors of war Used bright colors, flat shapes and straight lines

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Horace pippin

Horace Pippin

Victorian Parlor II


Horace pippin1

  • Self-taught Folk Artist

  • Served in World War One

  • Painted despite of serious injury to his arm

  • Best known for his work depicting African American life and the horrors of war

  • Used bright colors, flat shapes and straight lines

  • Completed his first painting at age 43

Horace Pippin

1888-1946


Horace Pippin loved to draw as a child. He would even illustrate his spelling words! His family could not afford to buy him art supplies. At 10, he entered a drawing contest in a magazine and won a box of crayons. He left school at 14, to support his mother who was sick.


In 1917, the joined the army and was sent to France to fight in WW1. His right arm, his drawing arm, was severely injured. He turned to art to help rehabilitate his arm. He would use his “good” left hand to guide his crippled right hand, which held the paintbrush, across the canvas.

He began painting at age 40 and it took him 3 years to complete his first painting.

Many art critics discovered Pippin’s work. He became known as the greatest Black painter of his time.


What do you see in this painting? in WW1. His right arm, his drawing arm, was severely injured. He turned to art to help rehabilitate his arm. He would use his “good” left hand to guide his crippled right hand, which held the paintbrush, across the canvas.

Where do you see repeating patterns?

Is this painting symmetrical?

How does this even design make you feel?

What do the think the people who live here are like?

What title would you give this painting?


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