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Cabin in the Cotton c 1931-1937 United States. The self-taught artist Horace Pippin began painting as a means of

Cabin in the Cotton c 1931-1937 United States. The self-taught artist Horace Pippin began painting as a means of


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Cabin in the Cotton c 1931-1937 United States. The self-taught artist Horace Pippin began painting as a means of

Cabin in the Cotton c 1931-1937 United States. The self-taught artist Horace Pippin began painting as a means of therapy, hoping to regain the mobility of his right arm, which had been injured in World War I. He became one of the most celebrated African American artists of the mid-twentieth century, as critics acclaimed the power and authenticity of his iprimitivei style. Cabin in the Cotton, the painting that brought him to the attention of the art world, displays Pippinis vivid, saturated palette and feeling for intense pattern.Living in Pennsylvania, Pippin may have seen cotton fields during visits to relatives in the South, but it is more likely that he drew on popular culture for inspiration. The way of life in the rural South enjoyed a great vogue in the 1930s, with the premiere of George Gershwinis opera Porgy and Bess in 1935 and the publication of Margaret Mitchellis Gone with the Wind in 1936. In particular, the paintingis composition recalls the opening and closing sequences of the 1932 film Cabin in the Cotton, starring Bette Davis. In that year, both Bing Crosby and Cab Calloway made recordings of a song titled iCabin in the Cotton.iIn 1937 Christian Brinton, an influential art critic, and N. C. Wyeth, the famous illustrator, discovered Cabin in the Cotton in the window of a shoe-repair shop in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and convinced Pippin to begin exhibiting. Newspapers then widely reported that the actor Charles Laughton had purchased the painting, prompting other celebrities and art collectors, as well as museums, to acquire Pippinis work, which assured his lasting fame.. Oil on cotton mounted on Masonite. Horace Pippin

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