Horace Pippin taught himself to paint and produced about 140 deceptively simple works depicting the injustice of slavery, his time as a soldier in the trenches and scenes from nature and the Bible. I just love them all.
(Above: Major General Smedley D. Butler, 1937)
The Getaway Fox, 1939
Portrait of Christian Brinton, 1940
Maple Sugar Season, 1941
The Trial of John Brown, 1942
The Artist's Wife, 1936
This reminds me of a trip we took to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art with our grandpa as little kids. Our school had just done massive field trips there - my third grade class looked at the Chinese collections, while Porter's pre-K class explored the exhibits on the history of American homes. After I'd spent about an hour showing off my knowledge of chops and scrolls, Porter wanted to show grandpa what she'd learned. We started at the log cabin. "This is where the Indians lived," she said confidently and then walked grandpa to the next room that looked like it could've been ripped from Mt. Vernon. She paused, less sure of herself, but then proudly declared, "And this is where the rich Indians live!"
(Above: Quaker Mother and Child, 1944)
Holy Mountain III, 1945
(Images courtesy the Museum Syndicate)
The Hirshorn Museum in D.C. has many of his paintings in its collection.