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Horace Pippin printed material, 1939-1946

Pippin, Horace, 1888-1946



Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 25 items on partial microfilm reel

Summary: This microfilm collection consists of printed material related to the artistic career of African American painter Horace Pippin. Materials include newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements, and exhibition catalogs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Horace Pippin (1888-1946) was a self-taught painter from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Pippin was inspired to paint by his experiences in World War I. He lost the use of his right arm when he was wounded during the war and, when painting, had to use his left hand to guide his right. He gained a national reputation as "a true American primitive" in the 1940s for his paintings depicting childhood memories, war experiences, heroes, and religious subjects.


Microfilmed in 1987 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the Horace Pippin notebooks and letters, circa 1920.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Chester County Historical Society.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4018 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and at the Chester County Historical Society.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Horace Pippin printed material, 1939-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.