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News-Antique.com - Oct 24,2008 - Oct. 24, 2008 -- Clementine Hunter has been called the Black Grandma Moses. She was the first African-American woman to exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Over a 40 year period she created more than 5000 paintings and never learned to read or write.
From the Black Jesus to the Zinnias in a Red Pot, each work of art is a unique take on the world. Colorful. Simple. Magical.
Hunter recreated plantation life on anything she could find from milk jugs and paper bags to gourds and cardboard. Hauling cotton, collecting pecans, washing clothes, baptisms, weddings, funerals, itís all there in Hunterís work.
Late at night often by kerosene lamp she "marked" her pictures with scenes "the Lord puts in my head," she said. At first Hunter hid the paintings fearing she would be accused of avoiding her domestic duties.
With no academic training or exposure to masterpieces of the past, Hunterís voice is free of the chains of schooled craftsmen.
On Aug. 2 & 3, New Orleans Auction Galleries in New Orleans, La., featured a selection of Hunterís work in its auction.
Funeral Procession; an oil on board painting measuring 16 inches by 23 Ĺ inches; sold for $7,800.
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