Limiting himself almost entirely to gray, white, and black, Pippin shows a country doctor’s nighttime journey in winter. The grandson of slaves, Pippin was entirely self-taught as an artist, his desire to go to art school having been thwarted by a World War I injury that crippled his right arm. Even so, he achieved artistic—and eventually commercial—success, rendering astonishing effects despite a painfully slow and laborious painting process.


  • Title: Country Doctor (Night Call)
  • Creator: Horace Pippin
  • Date Created: 1935
  • Physical Dimensions: 28 1/8 x 32 1/8 in
  • Provenance: 1935, the artist. 1940, with Carlen Galleries, Philadelphia; sold to Dr. Morris V. Leof (b. 1871), Philadelphia. Clifford Odets (1906-1963), obtained from Leof family; 1963, estate of Clifford Odets; January 28-29, 1970, sale 2977, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 303 to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: MFA Website Entry
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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