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

by Jen Bryant

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This is the story of Horace Pippin, whom I had actually never heard of! I picked this book because of the title which I thought was cool. Pippin became an artist later in life. The story tells of his childhood and how all his classmates would request he drew them pictures. He loved art as a child but then was sent to war and lost the ability to move his right arm. However, at the age of 40 he began oil painting. He painted a lot of wartime memories and used mostly a mix of watercolor and gouache paints. He also used mixed media. I like this book. The pages were a little long and wordy for my students to read themselves but the prose was excellent. ( )
  LaurenCollins85 | Nov 24, 2015 |
This is the true story of the self-taught painter, Horace Pippin who didn't let being wounded in WWI stop him from letting go of his passion.
  bcelaya | Nov 21, 2015 |
Based on the life of Horace Pippins, an African American artist, whose injury keeps him from exploring what he loves to do. His determination and perseverance allow him to find other ways to create.
  AimeeV | Nov 7, 2015 |
When I saw there was another book by the team that produced “A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams” and “The Right Words: Roget and His Thesaurus” I knew I had to see it. It seems that author Jen Bryant and illustrator Melissa Sweet just can’t miss.

This book tells the story of Horace Pippin (1888-1946), the self-taught African American painter whose works have been featured in museums around the world including the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and Tate Gallery, in London.

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, from the time he was little, Pippin loved to draw, using scraps of paper and charcoal. While still a young boy, he entered a drawing contest sponsored by an art supply company and won colored pencils, a pair of brushes, and a box of paints. When he was in eighth grade his father left and he had to quit school and work to support his family. Nevertheless, he still drew pictures whenever he could.

He joined the army during World War I, and there filled notebooks with pictures of what he saw (six of which survive). Then he was shot and his right arm was badly damaged, and he was unable to draw. Moreover, he had trouble finding a job because he couldn’t do any lifting. He took whatever employment he could find, and at night, he worked on moving his right arm.

With practice, his arm improved and his hand grew steadier, and he began to paint again, using an old brush, leftover house paint he found in alleys, and extra pieces of cloth. He hung his pictures in local stores, but no one responded to them until the famous painter N.C. Wyeth saw them and arranged an exhibition for him in West Chester. Suddenly, he became famous, and he was busy painting again.

He produced some 140 works including several self portraits, and paintings portraying American historical events.

As the author says in a note at the end of the book:

"He has been variously labeled a folk artist, a self-taught artist, and a primitive painter - but he is certainly and indisputably an American master.”

Melissa Sweet enhances Pippin’s story with her visual interpretation of his life. She adopts a folk-art approach in her own pictures, using watercolor, gouache, and collage in vivid colors, echoing Pippin’s love of deep, rich hues, and adding Pippin’s own words to her illustrations.

A map at the back of the book shows locations in the U.S. where you can find his paintings.

Evaluation: This excellent and inspirational story deserves the awards it has garnered, and furthermore performs the service of introducing new audiences to the heroic life of Horace Pippin. ( )
  nbmars | Sep 12, 2015 |
This is a great historical book that explains someones life story as an artist.
  rebgamble | Sep 10, 2015 |
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Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.
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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.

Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.

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Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.

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