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Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946  Search this
Carlen, Robert  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
The collection is arranged into one series. Series 1: Horace Pippin Notebooks and Letters, circa 1920s, 1943; 8 items
Access Note / Rights:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
The collection measures 0.2 linear feet and consists of three notebooks, notebook fragments, and two letters created by African American primitive painter Horace Pippin. The notebooks recount Pippin's World War I experiences, including his being wounded. One of the notebooks is illustrated.
Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The notebooks and letters of Horace Pippin in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2006, and total 114 images.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Use Note:
The Horace Pippin notebooks and letters are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Biography Note:
Born in West Chester, Pa., in 1888 Pippin was a self-taught primitive painter. His fighting experiences in France during World War I greatly influenced his later paintings. During the war, he was wounded and lost the use of his right arm. When painting, he had to use his left hand to guide his right. He gained a national reputation as a "true American primitive" in the 1940s, when his bold narrative paintings of childhood memories, war experiences, heroes, African American genre scenes, and religious subjects were widely exhibited, including his famous painting of the hanging of John Brown. Pippin died in 1946.
Horace Pippin's war memiors/notebooks and one letter were purchased from Robert Carlen, Pippin's dealer, in 1956. The 1943 letter from Pippin to Carlen was donated by Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Moore in 1983.
Digitization Note:
The notebooks and letters of Horace Pippin in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2006. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 114 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Folk art -- United States  Search this
Painting -- United States  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Self-taught artists  Search this
Record number:
African American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art