Flowers with Four Doilies, 1946
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 inches
Signed lower right
Pippin lived in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and drew his subject matter primarily from the activities of small-town life. He had little use for those who suggested he seek formal artistic training, preferring to embrace his own method and painting each work on the basis of images visualized in his head with no preparatory drawings or sketches.
Pippin painted at least two dozen floral still lifes in the 1940s, inspired by his exposure to French Impressionist still lifes, his dealer’s interest in marketable subjects, the long still-life tradition in Philadelphia and the Brandywine River Valley, and his love of gardening. The flowers in this work appear to be yellow hibiscus, daisies, and red asters. Pippin painted doilies in nearly all of his still lifes, draped over the arms and backs of chairs and underneath vases, as in this wonderfully textured work.