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Untitled

Folk and Self-Taught Art
Untitled

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Bill Traylor
American, 1854–1949

Date

undated

Medium

Graphite and black gouache on cardboard

Accession #

2016.216

Dimensions

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Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Description

Three revelers vie for a drink in this animated scene. On top of a porch denoted by a blue trapezoid, one man begs another to share, while a third smartly hides underneath the porch to avoid them. This is an example of Traylor’s “exciting events”—multifigure scenes that show people partying, fighting, hunting, and the like. Much like the maker of the ledger drawing on view nearby, Traylor successfully distilled a complex scene into a minimalist arrangement of stylized figures, although the Kiowa artist’s composition focused on a far more sacred event than the everyday scenes that caught Traylor’s eye.

Credit

Gift of Leo Rabkin in memory of Dorothea Rabkin