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In this artist rendering, Clementine Hunter captures the structures at historic Melrose Plantation on the Cane River. She depicts Cotton Picking and Wash Day.
Clementine Hunter lived and worked on Melrose Plantation, one of the largest cotton farms in Louisiana. Each ceramic is hand-painted and no two are exactly alike. Each piece has its own distinctive shape whose textured surface allows you to feel the passion in her work. Gitter Gallery has assembled the best artisans to recreate the memories of the things Clementine Hunter loved and observed during her life on the Melrose Plantation. Her famous paintings of cotton pickings, wash days, pecan pickings, weddings, baptisms, funerals and other scenes of life on Melrose have made her works an important part of American history. Hang them on your wall, display them on your bookshelf, use them as a centerpiece for your table or make them your favorite serving pieces for any occasion. With each piece purchased, a percentage of the proceeds goes back to Clementine Hunter's estate to further promote Clementine Hunter the artist.
Louisiana’s most famous artist, Clementine Hunter, was born in 1886 at Hidden Hill Plantation below Cloutierville, Louisiana. At a young age, Clementine moved to Melrose Plantation where she lived and worked until her death in 1988 at age 101. Clementine first worked in the cotton fields and pecan groves until Miss Cammie Henry, the owner of Melrose, brought her into the "Big House" to clean and cook. It was here that she came in contact with visiting writers and artists, including New Orleans artist Alberta Kinsley, whose work inspired Clementine to try painting. Without formal training, she produced colorful memory paintings that captured every day life on Melrose Plantation. Her paintings are recognized as a narrative telling the story of plantation life during the time before mechanization came to agriculture. Her pictures of cotton pickings, wash days, pecan pickings, weddings, baptisms, funerals and other scenes of life on Melrose, have made her works coveted around the world. Clementine Hunter is considered one of the most important self-taught American artists of the 20th century. Her works can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, The American Folk Art Museum and countless other museums and private collections.