Horace Pippin, American Modern

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By Anne Monahan

West Chester, PA's own Horace Pippin was arguably the most successful African American artist of his day. Pippin (1888–1946) taught himself to paint in the 1930s and quickly  earned international renown for depictions of World War I, black  families, and American heroes Abraham Lincoln, abolitionist John Brown,  and singer Marian Anderson, among other subjects. This volume sheds new  light on how the disabled combat veteran claimed his place in the  contemporary art world. Organized around topics of autobiography, black  labor, artistic process, and gift exchange, it reveals the range of  references and critiques encoded in his work and the racial, class, and  cultural dynamics that informed his meteoric career. Horace Pippin, American Modern  offers a fresh perspective on the artist and his moment that  contributes to a more expansive history of art in the 20th century.  Featuring over 60 of Pippin’s paintings, this volume also includes two  previously unknown artist’s statements—“The Story of Horace Pippin as  told by Himself” and “How I Paint”—and an exhibition history and list of  artworks drawn from new research. 

  • Author: Anne Monahan
  • Hardcover
  • Yale University Press, 2020
  • 264 pages, 10" x 8"
  • 96 color and 25 black and white illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780300243307
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