Horace Pippin

(American, 1888–1947)

Horace Pippin was a self-taught African-American artist known for his poetic paintings of flowers, genre scenes, and historical events such as the hanging of the abolitionist John Brown. With their rich colors and idiosyncratic approach to organizing space, paintings such as Domino Players (1943), are both timeless and charged with life. “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,” he once reflected. Born on February 22, 1888 in West Chester, PA, he grew up in Middletown, NY, beginning to draw at an early age. Moving to New Jersey in 1902, Pippin worked as a mover and iron molder prior to enlisting in the United States Army in 1917. Shot by a sniper while serving in World War I, the artist’s right arm was permanently disabled before he returned to the United States in 1919. Upon his return, he moved to West Chester with his new wife and worked odd jobs that didn’t require manual labor, mainly living of his military pension. In 1928, Pippin began producing paintings on cigar boxes, and over the following decades, he gained the attention of artists such as N.C. Wyeth and collectors like Albert C. Barnes. As he painted more, the artist began incorporating imagery from early American artists, such as Edward Hicks and Winslow Homer. Before he died on July 6, 1946 in West Chester, PA, Pippin had been widely exhibited at institutions throughout the country. Today, his works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
Horace Pippin (20 results)
BIRMINGHAM MEETING HOUSE IN SPRING, 1940

Horace Pippin

BIRMINGHAM MEETING HOUSE IN SPRING, 1940

Sale Date: May 21, 2019

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HOLY MOUNTAIN, I, 1944

Horace Pippin

HOLY MOUNTAIN, I, 1944

Sale Date: November 16, 2018

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Flowers, 1946

Horace Pippin

Flowers, 1946

Sale Date: November 19, 2018

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CYCLAMEN, 1941

Horace Pippin

CYCLAMEN, 1941

Sale Date: May 23, 2018

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Flowers with Four Doilies, 1946

Horace Pippin

Flowers with Four Doilies, 1946

Sale Date: May 21, 2014

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Fishing in the Brandywine: Early fall, 1932

Horace Pippin

Fishing in the Brandywine: Early fall, 1932

Sale Date: December 4, 2008

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Victory garden, 1943

Horace Pippin

Victory garden, 1943

Sale Date: May 24, 2006

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Fishing through ice

Horace Pippin

Fishing through ice

Sale Date: November 19, 2005

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Still life of flowers in a vase

Attributed to Horace Pippin

Still life of flowers in a vase

Sale Date: October 9, 2004

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Still life with flowers in a vase

Horace Pippin

Still life with flowers in a vase

Sale Date: June 29, 2004

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The den, 1945–1945

Horace Pippin

The den, 1945–1945

Sale Date: May 18, 2004

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Ora Jenni Pippin seated in a rocking chair...

Horace Pippin

Ora Jenni Pippin seated in a rocking chair...

Sale Date: December 12, 1999

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Choir practice, 1943–1943

Horace Pippin

Choir practice, 1943–1943

Sale Date: December 1, 1999

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John Brown reading his bible, 1942–1942

Horace Pippin

John Brown reading his bible, 1942–1942

Sale Date: December 3, 1997

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WATERMELON EATER

Attributed to Horace Pippin

WATERMELON EATER

Sale Date: December 2, 1993

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The milkman of Goshen, 1945–1945

Horace Pippin

The milkman of Goshen, 1945–1945

Sale Date: December 1, 1988

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The old mill, 1930–1930

Horace Pippin

The old mill, 1930–1930

Sale Date: December 1, 1988

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Portrait of George Washington

Horace Pippin

Portrait of George Washington

Sale Date: May 25, 1988

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Holy mountain, I, 1944–1944

Horace Pippin

Holy mountain, I, 1944–1944

Sale Date: December 3, 1987

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Flowers with doiles and two chairs, 1946–1946

Horace Pippin

Flowers with doiles and two chairs, 1946–1946

Sale Date: May 30, 1986

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