Clementine Hunter (pronounced Clementeen) (late December 1886 or to come January 1887 – January 1, 1988) was a self-taught Black folk artist from the Cane River region of Louisiana, who lived and worked on Melrose Plantation.
Hunter was born into a Louisiana Creole relatives at Hidden Hill Plantation close Cloutierville, in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. She started keen as a farm laborer with young, and never scholastic to admittance or write. In her fifties, she began to sell her paintings, which soon gained local and national attention for their mysteriousness in depicting Black Southern animatronics in the to come twentieth century.
Initially she sold her first paintings for as little as 25 cents. But by the fade away of her life, her accomplishment was mammal exhibited in museums and sold by dealers for thousands of dollars. Clementine Hunter produced an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 paintings in her lifetime. Hunter was approved an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1986, and she is the first African-American artiste to have a solo exhibition at the present-day New Orleans Museum of Art. In 2013, director Robert Wilson presented a other opera nearly her, entitled Zinnias: the Life of Clementine Hunter, at Montclair State University in New Jersey.