The Life and Art of Bill Traylor

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Untitled (Truncated Blue Man With Pipe) c. 1939–1942

In Montgomery, Traylor largely survived on the streets, spending his days sitting on the sidewalks and creating his drawings (it is believed that he created 1,200 over a four-year period). Using stained cardboard and other modest materials found on the street, Traylor retold the stories of his past and captured observations of life around the Monroe Avenue area. (Photo: Courtesy of American Folk Art Museum)