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    CLEMENTINE HUNTER (American, 1886-1988)
    Baptism
    Oil on artist's board
    18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
    Monogrammed center right edge
    In 1900, Clementine Hunter moved with her family to the Melrose Plantation on the Cane River, outside Natchitoches, Louisiana. Melrose soon became a haven for many artists and writers including Alberta Kinsey, Francois Mignon, and Lyle Saxon. At the age of 54, Clementine Hunter was encouraged by visiting artists to try painting artworks herself. She used leftover paints and began "marking pictures" on any surface she could find - old bottles, cardboard scraps, and even brown paper bags. Her works told the story of plantation life from daily activities to special occasions. One of Louisiana's most celebrated folk artists, Clementine Hunter's paintings can be seen in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Museum of American Folk Art in New York, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Oprah Winfrey Collection in Chicago, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

    As well as scenes of everyday life on the plantation, Clementine Hunter was particularly interested in spiritual themes including baptisms, funerals, and weddings. The church depicted in this work is the St. Augustine Catholic Church on Cane River, which is believed to be the first Catholic Church in the United States constructed and supported by free African-Americans for their own use.


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