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Bill Traylor (1854-1949)
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARJORIE AND HARVEY FREED
Bill Traylor (1854-1949)

Exciting Event in Blue: Four Wild Men, Barking Dog, Perched Bird and Construction, 1939-1942

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Bill Traylor (1854-1949)
Exciting Event in Blue: Four Wild Men, Barking Dog, Perched Bird and Construction, 1939-1942
inscribed 17 Charles Shannon on reverse; retains Charles Shannon label H-32 Figures/ Construction/ Blue Wild Men on reverse
tempera and graphite on card
14 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.
Provenance
Charles Shannon, Montgomery, Alabama
Hammer and Hammer American Folk Art, Chicago
Acquired from above in 1982
Exhibited
Chicago, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Collective Soul: Outsider Art from Chicago Collections, 19 September - 31 December, 2014.

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Bill Traylor was inspired by the architecture of Montgomery, Alabama, and research by Fred Baron and Jeffrey Wolf suggests that some of the artist's delineated constructions drew from the 1885 Court Square Fountain by Frederick MacMonnies, visible from the doorstep where Traylor worked (High Museum of Art, Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Atlanta, 2012), p. 25). The abstracted basin-like central element in this piece perhaps references the Court Square landmark. Additionally, the wild, graphite hairstyles of the lower figures in the composition bear a resemblance to those of the figures in Untitled (Man, Woman, and Dog) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (acc. no. 1986.65.199), which has been dated to 1939. The present lot was likely rendered around that same time.

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