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The Park Bench
Man on a Bench

Horace Pippin, American, 1888 - 1946

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

13 × 18 inches (33 × 45.7 cm) Frame: 18 1/2 × 22 1/2 inches (47 × 57.2 cm)


Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 208, American Art, second floor (Fernberger Family Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Daniel W. Dietrich II, 2016

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The Park Bench was among Pippin’s last paintings. Some feel that the solitary man is a self-portrait showing the artist in a reflective state of mind. However, the composition probably was inspired by a West Chester resident who liked to sit on a bench in Everhart Park, just a few blocks from Pippin’s home.

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