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

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

by Jen Bryant

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Format- Picture book
Genre- Biography
This books is a biography about Horace Pippin and his life as an early artist drawing for his sister and classmates, to being an artist in the trenches during WWI. This is a great book about a self-taught artist that overcame lots to become an American artist and a master at what he did.
  reyesjaramillo61 | Oct 13, 2014 |
I have to admit I had not previously heard of the artist Horace Pippin. He does have a fascinating life story that features true perseverance despite all odds. Melissa Sweet uses her collage-style of illustrating to perfectly illustrate this picture book biography. ( )
  stephanie.croaning | Sep 28, 2014 |
inspirational to children and adults ( )
  MiguelPut | Aug 4, 2014 |
This biography introduced me to the life and works of Horace Pippin. It is an amazing story of perseverance and of following your dreams. The story is written for younger children but older children will appreciate Pippin's story as well. I am so glad the author included further reading information, film, and websites to explore. I liked that the illustrator set the quotes from Pippin in different texts. The illustrations in this book are amazing! ( )
  SuPendleton | Jul 18, 2014 |
Summary: A Splash of Red is a short biography of a renowned American artist, Horace Pippin.

Review: This book can easily be used in a history or art lesson. It shows how Horace Pippin retaught himself to paint after his arm was injured. It discusses the injury without focusing on it. We need to acknowledge different capabilities without fixating on them or making them the only part of an individual’s identity.
Melissa Sweet creates beautiful art that enhances the text. A small sample of Pippin's book at the end.
  kkrat2 | May 24, 2014 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:52 -0400)

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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