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Lot 117

Clementine Hunter O/C Cotton Wagon Scene

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

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Clementine Reuben Hunter (American/Louisiana, 1886/87-1988) oil on board painting depicting a man driving a horse-drawn cotton wagon, with the cotton rendered in thick brush strokes to simulate texture. Signed with monogram middle right margin. "Handel" written in ink en verso. Housed in a light-toned wood frame. Sight: 9 5/8" H x 11 5/8" W. Framed: 11" H x 13" W. Biography: A self-taught artist, Clementine Hunter created bright, whimsical folk paintings depicting life in and around the Melrose cotton plantation where she lived and worked, near Natchitoches, Louisiana. She did not start painting until her 50s. She used whatever surfaces she could find, and, working from memory, recorded everyday life, from work in the cotton fields to baptisms and funerals. She rendered her figures, usually black, in expressionless profile and disregarded formal perspective and scale. Though she first exhibited in 1949, Hunter did not garner public attention until the 1970s when both the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibited her paintings. Even with such success, Hunter chose to stay in Louisiana, working at Melrose Plantation until 1970 when she moved to a small trailer a few miles away on an unmarked road. Source: The National Museum of Women in the Arts.


Overall good condition. Light surface grime.

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Private collection; acquired directly from the artist in 1968. We wish to thank Thomas Whitehead for confirming the authenticity of this painting.