Wash Day, 1971
Oil on Board
20″ x 24″ (24″ x 27.5″ framed)
A delightful Clementine Hunter painting that depicts a subject she came back to frequently — wash day. Importantly, since there are fakes out there, this was vetted by BOTH of the preeminent experts on her paintings before I acquired it, and it has my firm guarantee of authenticity).
Clementine Hunter bio
Clementine Hunter is one of the South’s most famous folk artists. She lived in a plantation house as a maid. The owner of Melrose Plantation, Cammie Henry, was a patroness of the arts, and Clementine Hunter was exposed to a parade of various artists. She began her artistic career making dolls, curtains and quilts. But in time, she began to paint using materials provided her by various artists who visited the plantation and by Cammie Henry.
She entered a period of steady painting that saw the creation of thousands of paintings in a distinctive folk art style. Some of her paintings she sold for under a dollar, as she originally was not notable in the art world. Most of her paintings depict life on and around the plantation. These scenes included not only agricultural activities, but also scenes of church activities such as baptisms and weddings, and more casual life including outdoor party scenes that sometimes depicted drunken guests and fights. In other words, she painted the life around her – in a very distinctive style. And this ultimately made her an extremely sought-after painter whose works sell for thousands of dollars today.
Here is the Wikipedia entry on Hunter.