Vibrant Henry Lapp Folk Art Watercolor
First sold to collectors in a 1947 Ephrata, PA farm sale, this is a very rare form of Lapp’s body of art, created in the last quarter of the 19th century. (Size including frame: 9 ½” x 7 ½”).
Henry L. Lapp (born in 1862 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania), was one of the best known artisans of nineteenth century America. Lapp was born deaf, and it is believed that from an early age he painted pictures in order to communicate because he could not speak plainly. “His art became his speech,” according to Merle Good, a collector quoted by The New York Times in 1980. Since 1958, after receiving a gift from Titus Geesey, much of the work of Henry Lapp is being collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.