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Mr. Prejudice

Horace Pippin, American, 1888 - 1946

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

18 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches (46 x 35.9 cm) Framed: 23 11/16 × 19 11/16 × 3 1/8 inches (60.2 × 50 × 7.9 cm)


Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 208, American Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Matthew T. Moore, 1984

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Human rights and social issues often figure in Pippin’s work, but this painting is particularly overt in its treatment of racism. Clouds hover over a hooded member of the Ku Klux Klan and a burly white man holding a noose. The two menacing figures stand opposite the Statue of Liberty, here painted brown instead of green.

At the center, Mr. Prejudice drives a wedge into a symbolic V for victory, segregating white and black machinists and servicemen. Pippin includes himself as one of the soldiers, wearing a World War I uniform, with his wounded right arm hanging at his side.

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