Clementine Hunter: American Folk Artist

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“As children, we used to go with my mom to the trailer . . . to bring Clementine paint and canvas. . . . Clementine would paint the person most important to her as the biggest person, thus my mom was largest in the picture.” —Marguerite “Cissy” Brittain Picou “. . . her painting impressed me. It is really not at all primitive. It is very civilized—as Gertrude Stein said of the African wood carvings that influenced Matisse and particularly Picasso, almost fifty years ago.” —Alice B. Toklas The British publication ARTbibliographies says that “the author provides a detailed biography of Hunter, describes her studio, and traces the development of her artistic career in Melrose, Louisiana.” Independent Publisher describes it as “a beautifully published testament to an American original.”
ISBN: 9780882896588
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 104
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 10.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
James L. Wilson served as editor of the Natchitoches (LA) Times for six years. In addition to performing his professional duties in that role, Wilson found time during the period to interview people in the area. Located on the Cane River, Natchitoches is near Louisiana's Melrose Plantation, which was the home of well-known folk artist Clementine Hunter. Wilson became well acquainted with Hunter, a relationship that enabled him to compile a biography on this extraordinary person. Eventually, Wilson chose to pursue a career outside of journalism. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, and works as an advertising executive.
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