Academic journal article Language Arts

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Academic journal article Language Arts

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Written by Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Alfred A. Knopf, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 3758-6712-5

"On February 22, Chester, Pennsylvania, celebrated a holiday. That day in that same town, Daniel and Christine Pippin celebrated the birth of their son, Horace." And so begins this biography of a famous and inspiring American artist. Jen Bryant tells the story of Horace Pippin's life by focusing on his love of drawing as a child, his time in the military and its impact on his art, and his adult life as a well-respected artist with paintings in the homes of movie stars and museums. "Pictures just come to my mind . . . and I tell my heart to go ahead." This is one of the many quotes from Horace Pippin embedded throughout the illustrations in the biography. Another reads, "If a man knows nothing but hard times, he will paint them, for he must be true to himself . . . …

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