A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-09-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings

"This richly illustrated biography of self-taught artist, Horace Pippin, will inspire the inner-artists, young and old. Born in 1888, Horace Pippin faced many struggles: poverty, racism (his grandmother was a slave), loss (his father left the family when he was in the eighth grade), war (he was a WWI veteran) and injury (a bullet damaged his right arm in the war). Through all the struggles Pippin hung on to the transcendent power of art – using broken pencils and leftover house paint he found in alleys, scorching lines into wood with an iron poker, and using his left hand to guide his injured right arm as he creates.

People responded to his honest, moving artwork with its signature use of the color red. “Make a picture for us, Horace!” fellow children, soldiers, and neighbors would say; the line acts as a motif in the book.

When Pippin was middle-aged, famous painter N.C. Wyeth discovered his work and helped him to become a world famous artist. “He deserved to become famous,” my daughter announced fiercely.

A Splash of Red manages to share serious content in a way that’s light enough for kids. The book serves as an example of the solace art can provide. It also demonstrates to its young readers how consistent hard work and gritty determination can lead to success.
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"LOVE the story of Horace Pippin!!! WELL TOLD, but I wanted to see HIS artwork ~his paintings. I was so disappointed that more of H. Pippin's originals were not included. The illustrations are fabulous. But the originals are so unique and evocative especially from a young person's view. Hmmmm. SO GLAD I READ IT and thank you to the authors." said.

"An illustrated biography of a painter, done in a style meant to emulate the painter's works of childhood, with notes from his later works. This book paces rather well through Pippin's life, giving us a good look at his childhood and early adulthood in World War I, as well as his periods of struggle and success as an artist.

This book probably fits in best as the basis of an art lesson. Encourage your students to inclue their own singular splashes of red, in a Pippin style.

Perhaps not to be often bought for a private home, this book should instead find a good place on the shelves of school libraries.
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