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Dog Fight Over Trenches

This oil painting was completed in 1935 by artist Horace Pippin, an African-American World War I veteran whose rank was corporal at the time of his discharge in 1918. Pippin wrote about the front-line trenches,"I will say this much, I say no man can do it again. He may have the will but his body cannot stand it. I could tell a new man every time I seen him, for he would duck every time a shell came over."

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Source | Horace Pippin, Dog Fight Over Trenches, 1935, Oil on fabric, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; from Judith E. Stein, I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin (New York: Universe Publishing, 1993), 62. Quotation from
Creator | Horace Pippin
Item Type | Painting
Cite This document | Horace Pippin, “Dog Fight Over Trenches,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 18, 2024,

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