Horace Pippin was a self-taught artist, the grandchild of slaves. Among the many themes in his work, the lives of African Americans and small town rural life in the United States may be most well-known.
When Pippin was five, he won crayons and a set of watercolors from an art supply company and sketched extensively as a child. He fought in World War I where he served with the famous Harlem Hellfighters, an all black infantry. He documented segregation in the military during his service through sketched journals. He said that the war brought out the art inside of him.
Receiving high acclaim throughout his life, Pippin’s work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate Gallery, and others while he was still alive. He was the first American Black artist to have a monograph published on his art.