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by Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)


As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint—and paint, and paint! Soon, people—including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth—started noticing Horace's art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country. Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

SKU: 9780375867125
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  • Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book.  Other titles include Pieces of Georgia, The Trial (about the 1935 Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial), Kaleidoscope Eyes, Georgia's Bones, celebrating the creative vision of artist Georgia O'Keeffe.  She lives with her family in Chester County, PA. 

  • ISBN-13: 9780375867125

    Publisher: Random House Children's Books

    Publication date: 1/8/2013

    Pages: 40

    Age range: 5 - 8 Years


    - Biography & Autobiography | Art

    - People & Places - Pippin, Horace

    -African American painters - Painters -United States

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