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

by Jen Bryant

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Horace Pippin is a very interesting person. He is one of many who did not allow a disability to hold him back from something that he loved to do. Even after he was injured, he found a way to work around it and continue to do what he loved. I loved the collage style illustration in this book. Every time you read through it you notice something new. the book was well written and the illustrations connected well with the text. ( )
  TiffanyA | Jan 20, 2016 |
Grade 1-5. Biography. African American artists (Horace Pippin).

Summary: Horace Pippin loved to draw, and growing up he always drew pictures of what he saw around him. When he received his first paints, he added a "splash of red" to his paintings. Horace joined the army when WW1 started, continuing to draw. Horace's arm was injured in the war, and he could no longer draw or paint. He returned home and married, but he missed drawing. He slowly began drawing again, practicing and practicing until his arm slowly grew stronger. He began again to paint what he saw around him, always adding a splash of red. Eventually his paintings drew the attention of a famous painter, and Pippin's art was displayed in an exhibition. He became famous and his work was displayed in galleries and museums, and is now known for his distinctive folk art.

Illustrations: the watercolor, gouache, and collage illustrations are inspired by the work of Horace Pippin, and complement the text. There is a "splash of red" on each page. Reproductions of Horace's work are also included. The illustrator wrote, "I am grateful for the chance to look long and hard at Pippin's life and work. And I'm sure I will never use the color red in quite the same way again."

Themes: art, disability, determination

Personal response: A beautifully told and illustrated book about doing what you love, and persevering despite obstacles.

Curricular connections: Use for a unit on art or artists. ( )
  linnea_simon | Jan 15, 2016 |
Horace Pippin loved to draw pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. He participated in war world one Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches and what he saw happening closely. However, he was wounded in the arm that he uses to draw. He lost control of the hand that he used to paint. He was an African American self taught artist who overcame poverty, racism, disability and war to become a recognized artist. ( )
  gabbond | Dec 10, 2015 |
This enchanting biography tells the history of Horace Pippin, an intriguing man with an amazing point of view who taught himself how to paint and led and overall moving life. His works of art are unique and colorful, reflecting his life and this story really captures the essence of dedication that he had for painting and contributing his own piece of commentary about the world.
  npetzold | Dec 9, 2015 |
Horace Pippin was born in West Chester, PA. Horace was a big kid. They moved to NY when Horace was three. He was very helpful around the house. He learned that he loved to draw. His classmates were his first fans. Horace later won some art supplies. He lost his dad in the 8th grade and Horace began working after dropping out of school. He started drawing for his coworkers. Horace joined the army. He got shot in the arm and couldn't draw. He came back to the US and met his wife. HE learned how to draw anyways, and his arm grew stronger. HE began painting many things that he saw. He began selling his paintings. He was then picked up to have his own art show. He became famous and is still a legend today.
  sande2 | Dec 8, 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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