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Untitled (Exciting Event: House with Figures)

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Untitled (Exciting Event: House with Figures)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Bill Traylor
American, 1854–1949

Date

ca. 1939–1942

Medium

Poster paint and pencil on cardboard

Accession #

1997.114

Dimensions

13 1/2 x 13 7/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Bustling with commotion, this drawing exemplifies Traylor’s skill at storytelling through revealing gestures. The work’s negative space takes on a character of its own, intensifying the tension of the scene, which is drawn together in a relationship of curving lines. The arcs interact subtly within each figure and correlate the figures with one another. The artist commonly drew attention to important elements of his works through adjustments in scale. Here the man on the roof seems to provide the key to the action. Only the little man smoking inside seems unaffected by the pandemonium encircling the building.

Credit

T. Marshall Hahn Collection

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