DescriptionCLEMENTINE HUNTER (American, 1886-1988)
Nativity Scene with Angels, Virgin Mary, and the Three Wise Men
Oil on artist's board
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
Monogrammed lower right
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.
In this work, Clementine Hunter has depicted the pregnant Virgin Mary being led to the manger by an angel. To the right, three field workers represent the Three Wise Men bringing presents to the impending birth of the Savior, including a cake under cellophane, a wrapped box of chocolates, and a green pineapple.
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