Bill Traylor

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Courtesy American Folk Art Museum
Untitled (Dog on Red Background) by Bill Traylor
Not just one of the most recognized self-taught artists in America, Bill Traylor (1854–1949) is one of the finest artists of the 20th century, period. His drawings on cardboard are characterized by a figurative style in which simple flat shapes in bold colors float against blank backgrounds to convey sharp observations of African-American life in the Jim Crow South. Naturally, the work's instinctive modernity also gives it enormous kid appeal.
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