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Horace Pippin

The Way I See It

Audrey Lewis, ed.

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 941 1

    Size: 280 x 240 mm / 9½ x 11 in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 200

    In association with:

    Date published: May, 2015

    UK £35 /US $55


  • Accompanies a major exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, April 25 through July 19, 2015
  • First book published on the artist in over 20 years
  • Pippin’s work is in many major museums in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Explores themes of African American culture, racism and war, as well as intimate moments, all from a self-taught, folk art perspective


This major new catalogue looks closely at Horace Pippin (1888–1946) as an artist who was embraced by the art world, yet remained independent. A self-taught master of form, colour and composition, Pippin vividly depicted a range of subject matter, from scenes of war, history and religion, to sporting scenes, floral still lifes and intimate family moments.

Accompanying a major exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the book is the first examination of the artist’s work for over 20 years and is an opportunity to re-examine Pippin with fresh eyes. His development as a self-aware, self-taught artist will be explored in depth, looking at the rich pictorial language and multi-layered narratives of his paintings.

Features 71 plates and 75 comparative illustrations.

Author information

Audrey Lewis is the Associate Curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art; Judith F. Dolkart is Director of the Addison Gallery Museum of Art, and the former Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Barnes Foundation. Jacqueline Francis is Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts; Anne Monahan is an independent scholar who focuses on contemporary African American art; Edward Puchner is Curator of Exhibitions, McKissick Museum, South Carolina; Kerry James Marshall has been described by the National Gallery of Art as one of the most celebrated painters currently working in the United States.