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Artist Name:

Bill Traylor

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1854–1949

Title:

Untitled [Exciting Event: House with Figures]

Date:

ca. 1939-1942

Medium:

Poster paint and pencil on cardboard

Dimensions:

Image/Plate: 13 1/2 x 13 7/8in. (34.3 x 35.2cm) Framed/Mounted: 21 3/4 x 21 3/4 x 1 1/2in. (55.2 x 55.2 x 3.8cm)

Credit Line:

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

Accession Number:

1997.114

Bustling with commotion, this drawing exemplifies Traylor’s skill at storytelling through revealing gestures. Traylor’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.



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