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Horace Pippin

Health

1941

Horace Pippin was shot several times in the arm during World War I.

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Horace Pippin (1888–1946) was a self-taught artist and veteran of World War I. He began painting as therapy for his wounded arm and for depression. He used bee sting therapy to treat his wound, trading fish pepper seeds for bees from his Quaker friend, H. Ralph Weaver. Decades later, Weaver’s grandson found Pippin’s fish pepper seeds at the bottom of a freezer and shared them with the public.