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Untitled (Man in Blue Pants)

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Untitled (Man in Blue Pants)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Bill Traylor
American, 1854–1949

Date

ca. 1939–1942

Medium

Poster paint, pencil, colored pencil, and charcoal on cardboard

Accession #

1997.115

Dimensions

10 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Traylor often left preliminary marks in his drawings that reveal both his working method and the structure beneath his forms. In this image of a man in blue pants, Traylor augmented the straight lines of the legs and torso with the curves of the buttocks and midriff. He appears to have drawn the body and then clothed it—legs are visible beneath the pants as is the head beneath the hat. Perched on tiptoe with one leg askew, the man may be dancing or expostulating.

Credit

T. Marshall Hahn Collection