Details

Title

Untitled (Man in Blue Pants)

Artist/Maker

Bill Traylor (American, 1854–1949)

Date

ca. 1939–1942

Medium

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

Dimensions

10 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches

Credit

T. Marshall Hahn Collection

Accession #

1997.115

On View

Currently not on view

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.

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