Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Horace Pippin, Interior, 1944

Interior depicts a woman and two children in a spacious, orderly room. Although there is no interaction between the inhabitants, the mood is warm and comfortable. Such a straightforward execution is typical of Pippin's best works. Pippin was born just twenty-five years after the abolition of slavery. His earliest recollection of drawing, paintings, fine art reproductions, oil on canvas, original oil paintings was in school, when he illustrated his spelling words.

This usually caused trouble for the young oil painting artist at school and at home. His family's poverty presented some obstacles to obtaining fine art reproductions materials, but at age ten, after winning a magazine drawing contest, he won a box of crayons, waterpaints, and brushes. His career as an oil paintings artist began late in life after Pippin had served as a soldier in World War I and worked as a porter, furniture packer, and iron molder.