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Mr. Prejudice
Mr. Prejudice, 1943
Horace Pippin, American
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches (46 x 35.9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Matthew T. Moore, 1984
1984-108-1
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Let’s Look

  • What is the first thing you notice about this painting?
  • How many figures do you see? How are they arranged?
  • What do you notice about the figures?
  • What could the large "V" stand for?

Let’s Look Again

  • Look for examples of flat shapes and shapes that look three-dimensional. Which way of painting do you think Pippin preferred?
  • Which figure is Mr. Prejudice? Explain why you think so.
  • What do you think Horace Pippin is saying in this painting? Use examples from the painting to support your interpretation.

 

Connect and Compare

  • Interview artists in your community. Did they study art in school or learn on their own? Why do they make their art? What are they trying to communicate? How is their art unique?
  • Using a black-and-white reproduction of Mr. Prejudice, trace shapes like the letter "V" and the oval aviator's goggles and find where they are repeated.
  • Compare Mr. Prejudice to The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner. Think about subject matter, composition, symbolism, color, perspective, modeling, light and dark tones, and overall meaning.
Mr. Prejudice
Mr. Prejudice, 1943
Horace Pippin, American
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches (46 x 35.9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Matthew T. Moore, 1984
1984-108-1
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The Annunciation
The Annunciation, 1898
Henry Ossawa Tanner, American (active France)
Oil on canvas
57 x 71 1/4 inches (144.8 x 181 cm) Framed: 73 3/4 x 87 1/4 inches (187.3 x 221.6 cm)
Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1899
W1899-1-1
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Related Art Project

Reflect on a social issue—such as AIDS, the environment, affirmative action, human rights, or a current event—that affects you personally. Draw or paint a picture showing your concerns, using the first letter of your topic to organize the composition, as Pippin used the large "V" in Mr. Prejudice. How will the placement of the letter affect your message? Will you use symmetry? Flat shapes? Bold colors?

 

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