Clementine Hunter (American, 1886-1988)
Black marker on paper

This Louisiana artist is called the Black Grandma Moses.  Illiterate and self-taught as a painter, color was her major artistic concern.  Drawing did not hold her attention.  Therefore we were able to get her to do only two drawings of her often-repeated subjects, this and a cotton-picking scene.  If you were to go to Melrose Plantation where she lived and worked most of her life, you would easily recognize the church she has drawn here as her interpretation of the church that is across the road from the gate.  She did many subjects of the religious and work life of the people around her as well as devotional works such as the Nativity (with field hands as the Wise Men) and the Crucifixion with a black Christ.



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