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About the Artwork

The Park Bench was among Pippin’s last paintings. Some feel that the solitary man is a self-portrait showing the artist in a reflective state of mind. However, the composition probably was inspired by a West Chester resident who liked to sit on a bench in Everhart Park, just a few blocks from Pippin’s home.

About the Artist

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Horace Pippin (American, 1888–1946) held many jobs before he became an artist, including working on a farm, in an iron mill, and for a moving company. He enlisted in the Army in 1917, and fought in World War I in France. He served in the 369th Infantry, a famous African American regiment nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters. After being shot in his right shoulder, Pippin returned home and taught himself to paint. He used his left hand to guide his impaired right hand, which held the paintbrush. He painted his own experiences, often taking inspiration from his childhood memories, his community, and the Bible. He said, “Pictures just come to my mind and I tell my heart to go ahead.”

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About Our Prints

Philadelphia Museum of Art Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. In addition, new works are continually added to the offering so make sure to come back and see the new releases.
You have found the work that speaks to you. Now what? Using our innovative custom framing tool you can preview exactly what your finished and framed art will look like. We offer many different moulding styles so there is sure to be a match for any type of decor.

Member Discounts

As always, members will receive their discount for all transactions processed through our Custom Prints store. Simply enter your Member ID during the checkout process and your discount will be applied.