Pickett, Joseph,1848–1918, American primitive painter, b. New Hope, Pa., where he lived all his life. He worked as a carpenter, canal-boat builder, and grocer. At about age 65, Pickett turned to painting. His best-known paintings exhibit a strong clarity of design and color; they are Manchester Valley (Mus. of Modern Art, New York City), Washington under the Council Tree (Newark Mus., N.J.), and Coryell's Ferry, 1776 and Washington Taking Views (Whitney Mus., New York City).
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Pickett, Joseph(1848–1918) painter; born in New Hope, Pa. An untrained artist and owner of a general store in New Hope, Pa., he painted primitive landscapes using house paint and sand, as in his detailed and charming Manchester Valley (c. 1914–18).
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