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Untitled [Black Elephant with a Brown Ear]
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)
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, T. Marshall Hahn Collection
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.