I visited the Barnes institute this weekend, taking advantage of their free first Sunday of every month admission offer. This time, the rustic, yet vividly colored pieces of Horace Pippin caught my eye. His style contrasted quite heavily with the featured impressionism, post-impressionist artwork of Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh.
It turns out Horace Pippin is a self-taught African American painter from Pennsylvania who developed his own painting technique of painting over carved wood panels. A World War I veteran, Pippin was among the first African American painters to use his paintings to express feelings against social-political injustices and war.