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Meet the Masters

Grade Four

ARTIST: PRINT:

PIPPIN, HORACE

(1888 - 1946)

THE DOMINO PLAYERS PHILLIPS COLLECTION WASHINGTON, D.C.

Americana Date: 1943 Size: 12 3/4" x 22" Medium: Oil

ARTIST - Horace Pippin was born in Goshen, New York. His grandparents had been slaves and his parents worked as domestics. Pippin attended a one room school for Black children through the 8th grade. He always liked to draw but his family was too poor to buy him art supplies. As a young man, he entered an art contest advertised in a magazine. The prize he won was water paints and colored pencils. This started him in his art career.

In 1917 Pippin joined the Army to help fight in World War I. He was wounded in the right shoulder and as a result his right arm was useless. Although his right arm was disabled, he learned to paint with it by using his left hand to hold it up.

Horace Pippin was discovered when he was 49 years old by a famous art critic and illustrator. His work became quite popular and was collected by people in the Philadelphia and New York areas. His work was also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.

PRINT - The Domino Players is typical of the type of picture Pippin created. This work is a masterpiece of pattern. He used subdued colors. The dominos themselves are a bridge between the red cap, the polka-dot blouse and the detailed needlework.

PORTFOLIO F PAIRED WITH:

VILLAMIL THE BULLFIGHT

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