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Artist Name:

Bill Traylor

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1854–1949


Untitled [Black Elephant with a Brown Ear]


ca. 1939-1940


Poster paint and pencil on paper


Image/Plate: 14 5/8 x 25 3/4in. (37.1 x 65.4cm) Framed/Mounted: 23 x 34 x 1 3/4in. (58.4 x 86.4 x 4.4cm)

Credit Line:

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, T. Marshall Hahn Collection

Accession Number:


Traylor’s dynamic line is eloquent in the subtle dorsal curve of an elephant. Its supple undulations add energy to this portrait of a calm but powerful beast. The repetition of ovals in the bulbous tail tip and feet establish a rhythm that is interrupted by the color of the dainty oval ear, whose startling brownness draws the viewer’s eye into contact with that of the animal.

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