The Wedding

Clementine Hunter, The Wedding, 1960. Oil on canvas, T. Marshall Hahn Collection, The High Museum, Atlanta, GA.

Folk artists are often referred to as self-taught, primitive, outsider, visionary artists. Evangelical Protestantism and its view of the Bible is a common influence on Southern folk art. Folk artists often use whatever materials are available to them—which could include mud, scrap wood, house paint or tin—to tell their story.

Clementine Hunter painted scenes of everyday life at Melrose Plantation in Louisiana, where she lived for 80 years. This scene of a plantation wedding is split into two sections or registers, with the wedding scene occupying the upper half of the painting, and farmhands laboring in the cotton fields depicted in the lower register.

The Wedding

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