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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


    14 5/8 x 25 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    T. Marshall Hahn Collection

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    Traylor’s dynamic use of line is eloquent in the subtle dorsal curve of an elephant. Supple undulations add energy to this portrait of a calm but powerful beast. The repetition of ovals in the bulbous tail tip and feet establishes 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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