Clementine Hunter : Her Life and Art by Art Shiver

By Art Shiver

Clementine Hunter (1887--1988) painted on a daily basis from the Thirties until eventually numerous days prior to her dying at age one zero one. As a cook dinner and household servant at Louisiana's Melrose Plantation, she painted on 1000s of items to be had round her -- glass snuff bottles, discarded roofing shingles, ironing forums -- in addition to on canvas. She produced among 5 and 10000 work, together with her so much formidable paintings, the African condominium work of art. Scenes of cotton planting and harvesting, washdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, Saturday evening revelry, and zinnias depict studies of daily plantation existence alongside the Cane River. greater than a private checklist of Hunter's existence, her work additionally replicate the social, fabric, and cultural elements of the area's higher African American neighborhood. Drawing on archival examine, interviews, own records, and an in depth courting with the artist, artwork Shiver and Tom Whitehead provide the 1st finished biography of this self-taught painter, who attracted the eye of the realm. Shiver and Whitehead hint Hunter's formative years, her encounters at Melrose with artists and writers, corresponding to Alberta Kinsey and Lyle Saxon, and the position performed by means of eccentric François Mignon, who inspired and promoted her paintings. The authors contain infrequent work and pictures to demonstrate Hunter's inventive procedure and talk about the evolution of her kind. The publication additionally highlights Hunter's influence at the glossy paintings global and gives perception right into a decades-long forgery operation that Tom Whitehead helped discover. This fresh awareness strengthened the individuality of Hunter's paintings and proven her position within the overseas paintings group, which is still encouraged through the existence and paintings of Clementine Hunter.

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Although the book was fiction not history, it was, and is, often believed to be true. At the time of Clementine Hunter’s birth, some forty years later, only the legend remained. McAlpin was long dead, and the Chopin family owned and operated Hidden Hill Plantation. Uncertainty surrounds the date of the artist’s birth, but she was about three months old when she received a Roman Catholic baptism on March 19, 1887, in Cloutierville, Louisiana. The records indicate some fifteen other children were also baptized on that day.

It is an area defined by geography and made significant by culture. 1 It is from this picturesque thirty-mile meandering stretch of water that the region takes it name. S. Interstate Highway 49 and on the east by the Red River. The center of government and commerce for the area was, and is, the city of Natchitoches. 2 Natchitoches developed from the site of a French fur-trading outpost that began with only a few buildings in 1713. The small settlement grew in earnest when French Canadian Louis Juchereau de St.

A friend of Cammie Henry’s, Robina Denholme, met him at the train station and drove him south the hundred miles to Melrose. In Mignon’s earliest diary entries he was totally fascinated with everything about Melrose. He praised the food, the conversation, the servants, and the accommodations. Mignon’s diary entry of December 19, 1939, has the first mention of Clementine Hunter, introduced to him as Clémence. 41 Clementine Hunter While some of the statements Mignon makes in this early observation about Hunter are incorrect, what he writes proves significant later, when he crafts his personal version of Hunter’s life and her first painting.

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