The Cotton Mural Plate features one of Clementine Hunter’s most notable paintings. Cotton Mural depicts the life of a cotton farm worker. In the foreground a man drives a horse drawn carriage full of cotton from the fields to the gin. In the background, workers are seen picking and baling cotton. This stunning painting gives a unique perspective of historical life on the plantation.
Clementine Hunter is a famous folk artist who was born outside of Natchitoches Parish. She spent her whole life living and working on plantations. After moving to Melrose Plantation, she began painting at the age of 52. Self-taught, she pulled from her direct experiences and was able to capture realistic portrayals of Southern life through vibrant colors.
Her beautiful work is renown across America for its incredible technique, expression, and cultural significance. Most people are immediately attracted the authenticity of her work. Hunter was the first African American women to be given solo shows at the New Orleans Museum of Art and Northwestern State College. Over her lifetime it is believed she painted 4,000-5,000 paintings of everyday life in Southern Louisiana.
This ceramic plate perfectly captures Hunter’s famous work. The handcrafted glazing technique showcases the beautiful colors and fine detail of the piece. It’s a gorgeous statement plate to display on a kitchen shelf or in a china cabinet. It’s also a wonderful conversation starter. Her art is truly one of a kind and would be a gorgeous addition to any collection of folk art.
The Cotton Mural Plate is part of a series of Clementine Hunter inspired home decor. It’s a great piece to add to a collection or just as a standalone. Lovers of folk art and Southern historians alike will appreciate this beautiful plate. It makes a unique and thoughtful gift.