Horace Pippin: From War to Peace

This weekend, I made a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and discovered an artist with whom I had not yet been familiar with. Horace Pippin was a self-taught African-American painter who addressed topics such as war, race and politics. I was particularly drawn to his piece, The Getaway (pictured below), which depicts a fox in a lonely winter landscape.

In the fox’s mouth hangs a slain crow, which its accompanying wall tag suggests could be a reference to Winslow Homer’s 1893 painting The Fox Hunt. Homer’s piece appears to portray the fox running away from a murder of crows, while Pippin’s gives the fox the satisfaction of the hunt.


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