Bill Traylor, Blue Cat, 1939-1942.  In only three years, between 1939 and 1942, Bill Traylor—former slave, factory worker, and homeless welfare recipient, who slept on a wooden pallet inside the [Ross-Clayton Funeral Parlor in Montgomery, Alabama]—created his own extraordinary history of drawing in 1,800 images. Most were preserved by his friend and fellow artist, Charles Shannon.

William "Bill" Traylor (April 1854 – October was a self-taught artist born into slavery on a plantation belonging to George Hartwell Traylor near Benton, in Lowndes County, Alabama.

Jacob Lawrence, War Series: The Letter, 1946. http://whitney.org/Collection/JacobLawrence/5111

Jacob Lawrence / War Series: The Letter / 1946 / Egg tempera on composition board

Otto Dix (German 1891–1969) [German Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit] Portrait of the Painter Hans Theo Richter and his wife Gisela. [Verism]

Otto Dix, Portrait of the Painter Hans Theo Richter and his wife Gisela, 1933

Joan-Miro-Figures-in-Front-of-a-Metamorphosis-1936

Title: Persons in the Presence of a Metamorphosis Artist: Joan Miró Region: Spain Period: 1936 Material: egg tempera on masonite Dimensions: 19 x 22 in. Credit: bequest of Victor K. Kiam On view in the museum

Marianne von Werefkin - In the Theatre I  1907

♪ The Musical Arts ♪ music musician paintings - Marianne von Werefkin

Woman Reading - Will Barnet

Woman Reading by Will Barnet American - was known for his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints depicting the human figure and animals, both in casual scenes of daily life and in transcendent dreamlike worlds.

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