Clementine Hunter: American Folk Artist

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Clementine Hunter has been called a primitive artist, a folk artist, a naive painter, and a memory painter. Her bold, exuberant style defies all conventions of traditional art forms. As one critic stated, primitive art reveals a ìflash of the spirit.î And that spirit for Clementine was the art of living cultivated by blacks in the Old South. She learned to make the most of life and to celebrate it in her own way. At her death in early 1988, Clementine was 101
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Clementine Hunter has been called a primitive artist, a folk artist, a naive painter, and a memory painter. Her bold, exuberant style defies all conventions of traditional art forms. As one critic stated, primitive art reveals a ìflash of the spirit.î And that spirit for Clementine was the art of living cultivated by blacks in the Old South. She learned to make the most of life and to celebrate it in her own way. At her death in early 1988, Clementine was 101
years old. Born in 1887 at the Hidden Hill Plantation on the Cane River-Lake near Cloutierville, Louisiana, she was in her fifties before she picked up a couple of bent tubes of paint and rendered her first painting . . . on a window shade.
The subjects of Clementineís paintings came from her daily life on Louisianaís Melrose Plantation in the Cane River country. When asked the title of a painting, Clementine would say, ìThat's pickiní cotton.î Her descriptions of her paintings became an oral history of singular events of plantation life. Baptisms, funerals, washdays, and the harvesting of sugar cane are just a few of those events documented in her paintings.
FranÁois Mignon, a close friend and curator/librarian at Melrose, wrote a number of letters to James Register, an art collector and dealer who specialized in Clementineís works. Excerpts from those letters chronicle her growth and development as a major contemporary artist. Some 100 color photographs of her work, a summary of critical commentaries, a detailed biography, and an appendix of permanent exhibits complete this exquisite volume.
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The anonymity traditionally associated with folk art is being replaced by an appreciation of the individual artist. This book is a scholarly study of the life and works of Clementine Hunter, an Afro-American painter who recently died at the age of 100. Hunter spent her life working the plantation fields and raising a family in northern Louisiana, only in mid-life beginning to paint the scenes of local life that eventually attracted the attention of collectors. This catalogue raisonne provides a lengthy biography, an analysis of Hunter's artistic development, a history of the appreciation of her work, and color reproductions of most of her paintings. Recommended to libraries interested in folk art or Afro-American studies.-- Eugene C. Burt, Seattle
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  • ISBN-13: 9780882896588
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.82 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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