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Horace Pippin: The Way I See It MAY 2015

Scala has published the catalogue for the exhibition at the Brandywine

Horace Pippin famously said that he painted “exactly the way I see it”. The exhibition ‘Horace Pippin: The Way I See It’ at the Brandywine River Museum of Art explores this independent and bold spirit in Pippin’s painting. Pippin, a self-taught artist, drew on his personal experiences to create artworks that were direct and raw in style and subject. As the Chester County Press puts it in an early review, the show tells the story of “one man’s burning desire to paint”. 

Pippin first gained acclaim for his work in the late 1930s, attracting the attention of N.C. Wyeth and art critic Christian Brinton, but this exhibition is the first examination of his work for over twenty years. It features more than 65 paintings, about half his oeuvre, and explores themes of war, history, and social justice. The catalogue explores these subjects in Pippin’s work as well as the intensity and unique vision of his artistic approach in further depth. 

To again quote the Chester County Press: “We look at his paintings and see not only his life, but the timeless urge to capture that life and leave a mark on the world.”

The catalogue is available now and the exhibition is open until 19 July.

Image credits (from top):
Harmonizing, 1944
Oil on fabric, 24 x 30 in.
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio
Gift of Joseph and Enid Bissett, 1964

John Brown Going to His Hanging, 1942
Oil on fabric, 24 x 30 in.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
John Lambert Fund, 1943

Man on a Bench, 1946
Oil on fabric, 13 x 18 in.
Collection of Daniel W. Dietrich II