DescriptionClementine Hunter (American, 1886-1988)
Baptism, circa 1965-70
Oil on board
16 x 24 inches (40.6 x 61.0 cm)
Initialed lower right: CH
Private collection, Shreveport, Louisiana;
Private collection, Dallas, acquired from the above, early 1970s
We wish to thank the Clementine Hunter biographer Tom Whitehead for his gracious assistance in cataloguing this painting.
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.
There appears to be a small surface scratch with loss beneath left edge of top cloud; two small spots of loss in black pigment lower left corner; a couple stray pensil marks and very faint surface scratches throughout. Framed Dimensions 18 X 26 Inches
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