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Romare Bearden

Horace Pippin, American, 1888-1946; Sunday Morning Breakfast, 1943; oil on fabric; 16 x 20 inches
Provided by Alexandre Gallery, New York

The artist Horace Pippin has been embraced by the St. Louis Art Museum and that is an occasion in which all of us should find joy at this season – along with plenty of challenging ideas and issues to contemplate.

A 16-by-20 inch, oil-on-fabric painting by Pippin has been purchased by the museum for its permanent collection. It’s not a pretty picture; rather, it’s rich in narrative and meaning, and presents a deeply affecting and disturbing scene of domestic complexity. Even the frame in its slightly battered condition lends a special authenticity to the picture.