Painting a Hidden Life: The Art of Bill Traylor (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History)

By: sobel, Mechal

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Born into slavery on an Alabama plantation in 1853, Bill Traylor worked as a sharecropper for most of his life. But in 1928 he moved to Montgomery and changed his life, becoming a self-taught lyric painter of extraordinary ability and power. From 1936 to 1946, he sat on a street cornerold, ill, and homelessand created well over 1,200 paintings. Collected and later promoted by Charles Shannon, a young Montgomery artist, his work received star placement in the Corcoran Gallery's 1982 exhibition "Black Folk Art in America." From then on, the spare and powerful "radical modernity" of Traylor's work helped place him among the rising stars of twentieth-century American artists. Most critics and art historians who analyze Traylor's paintings emphasize his extraordinary form and evaluate the content as either simple or enigmatic narratives of black life. In PAINTING A HIDDEN LIFE, historian Mechal Sobel's trenchant analysis reveals a previously unrecognized central core of meaning in Traylor

Title: Painting a Hidden Life: The Art of Bill Traylor (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History)

Author: sobel, Mechal

Categories: Art, Autobiography / Biography / Memoir,

Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr: 2009

ISBN Number: 0807134015

ISBN Number 13: 9780807134016

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Type: Art

Seller ID: 142664

Description: Book is in excellent condition with very minor indications of wear only. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. Dust jacket shows the slightest signs of shelf wear only, no tears. 198 pages, color and b&w prints and photos,

Keywords: Black Folk Art in America, Painting a Hidden Life, Radical Modernity, Sharecropper, Birmingham, Plantation, Jim Crow, Catholic, Baptists, Freemasons, Selma - Montgomery, Black and White Values in Eithteenth-century Virginia, Teach Me Dreams, ,