artist Clementine Hunter, will be on display in the Lemee House in Natchitoches, Louisiana on February 8th,
from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm. This rare opportunity to view some of the oldest examples of her work from the
1940’s and 50’s will be sponsored by The Association For The Preservation Of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)
as part of the celebration of the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial focus on Black History.
“No exhibition this size has a broader look at the career of Hunter than the works exhibited at the Lemee
House,” said Thomas N. Whitehead, curator of the exhibition. The Hunter treasures are from the Collections of
Ann and Jack Brittain and Children, Thomas N. Whitehead and Melrose Plantation. Whitehead continued,
“The paintings from the Brittain family go back to the earliest days of Clementine Hunter painting when
Francois Mignon was mentoring her and acquired some of these pictures. These paintings are rarely exhibited
and especially not in the grouping presented in this exhibit.”
Rare subjects such as Birthing a Baby and House A’Fire, will join the culturally significant subject Uncle Jack,
The Good Darky and Cemetery With Birds, a work from the 1940’s only recently discovered. Her painting,
Funeral, that was in the very first exhibition of her work will also be included.
One of the rarest Hunter works, an 8 foot by 12 foot mural that she painted for the interior of Yucca House
located on Melrose Plantation will also be shown. This monumental work has only been exhibited to the public
once before. Another rare work never before exhibited will be a 7 foot long mural piece that the artist painted
to decorate under the eave of Ghana House, also located on Melrose Plantation.
Clementine Hunter lived and worked most of her life at Melrose Plantation. Her home is on the site and is
recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a Historic Artist Home Site, one of only 30 such
recognized home sites in the nation. Her works are in major private and public collections around the world,
and five of her paintings are currently on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
“Any Hunter fan seeing this show will be surprised to see the diversity of subjects and how her style has
evolved over the years,” said Whitehead.
Scholars, collectors and art lovers are encouraged to attend this Natchitoches Tri-Centennial event that is open
to the public. The Lemee House is located at 310 Rue Jefferson, Natchitoches, Louisiana.