Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) oil on board titled "Washday", depicting African American women doing laundry outdoors in a open kettle with clothes hanging out to dry. Titled, signed and dated "4 – – 76" en verso. A photo of Clementine Hunter holding this painting accompanies this lot and has the artist's signature and painting title on the back. Sight – 11 1/2" H x 15 3/8" W. Framed – 17 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W. 20th century. Biography: Clementine Hunter, who is often referred to as "the black Grandma Moses", was born at Hidden Hill Plantation near Natchitoches, Louisiana. At age 16 she moved to nearby Melrose Plantation, where she first worked as a field hand and eventually managed the household. Cammie Henry, mistress of the house, encouraged Hunter's artistic career. Her scenes of plantation life, painted on everything from scrap wood to paper bags, began to attract widespread attention in the 1950s, and in 1956 the New Orleans Museum of Art honored her with a one woman show, its first ever for an African American artist. Condition: Excellent condition.
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