New York

Horace Pippin

Terry Dintenfass Gallery

Horace Pippin lived from 1888 to 1946. He once wrote, “My opinion of art is that a man should have love for it, because my idea is that he paints from his heart and mind. To me it seems impossible for another to teach one of Art.”

Wounded in the First World War, he taught himself to paint by gripping the brush in his paralyzed right hand and guiding it with his left functional one. His mind, heart and hand designed and executed paintings with what seems to have been an inviolable concentration upon the image fixed in his mind. His works manifest a sure physicality by means of highly impastoed short brushstrokes of careful design and complex, high coloration.

Pippin, a black man from Chester County, Pennsylvania, has generally been characterized as a primitive, regional painter. Although recognized to have been an original talent, his images were relegated to the narrowing categorization of

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