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Pippin was the first African American self-taught artist to receive national acclaim. In spite of an injury to his right arm during World War I, he never abandoned painting.
Pippin depicted everyday events, historical figures, and religious themes using a simplified style of flat shapes and strong colors.
In the American popular press of the 1910s and 1920s, the blue tiger was a recurring symbol of the unattainable, and the black bear signified the wilderness. The tiger and bear, rendered in contrasting tones, seem equally ferocious. With their impending clash, Pippin may be alluding to racial conflict.
The artist; (Carlen Galleries, Philadelphia, until 1941); Henriette Liebman, Long Island City, New York; Carl Preston Green, Washington, D.C. and New York; Maurice Grosser, New York; Lou Rispoli, Queens, New York by bequest until 2004; Private collection; (Carole Thompson Fine Art, Santa Barbara, California; IMA 2008.