I first picked up this book when it was published and I immediately placed it within our art curriculum. As our school is outside of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, I connected with the fact that Horace Pippin was a native Pennsylvania artist. Fourth graders in my school district study Pennsylvania artists, like Andy Warhol of Pittsburgh fame. So, Pippin's hometown of West Chester (even closer) made me think he would be a perfect fit.
Horace Pippin's story is remarkable in that his art was his passion and one that he returned to, even after a disabling injury. His characteristic splash of red created a vibrance in works of art that might have had a seemingly dull colorscape. As a result, the red pops.
Working together to research and put the story together, Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet do a beautiful job of creating a patchwork quilt feel. The story is pieced together and the pictures are too.
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Published 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf
I borrowed this copy from my public library to read and review.