Victorian Interior I

Horace Pippin American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751

Pippin came to public attention in the 1930s as part of a widespread fascination with self-taught artists. By the next decade, he was the most successful Black artist working in the United States. While Victorian Interior I is sometimes described as a still life, he felt otherwise: "If you look carefully you’ll see that She’s left her knitting, and He’s left his pipe. They’ll be back any moment." The painting originally hung in the living room of Jane Kendall [Hamilton] Gingrich, an enthusiastic supporter of modern art, who frequently hosted Pippin in her Main Line Philadelphia home.

Victorian Interior I, Horace Pippin (American, West Chester, Pennsylvania 1888–1946 West Chester, Pennsylvania), Oil on canvas

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