February 22 Birthday: A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN

Horace Pippin, artist
February 22, 1888 – July 6, 1946

A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN by Jen Bryant. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Random House, 2013)

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He
loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved
looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front
of him.
He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his
co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings
from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace
couldn’t lift his right arm, and couldn’t make any art. Slowly, with
lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was
able to paint—and paint, and paint! Soon, people—including the famous
painter N. C. Wyeth—started noticing Horace’s art, and before long, his
paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country.

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