The Life and Art of Bill Traylor

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Drawing His Inspiration

Bill Traylor (c. 1854–1949) is considered by many as one of the most iconic 20th century American artists in history. Capturing vibrant scenes of African-American life, his drawings are widely upheld as one of the most important bodies of work by a self-taught artist. From June 11 through Sept. 22, more than 60 of his drawings will be on display at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. Keep reading for a closer look into Traylor's life and inspiration. — Britt Middleton

Above, Untitled (Man in Blue Pants) c. 1939-194. (Photo: Courtesy of American Folk Art)