1985 Mose Tolliver Born: Pike Road, Alabama 1919 Died: Montgomery, Alabama 2006 oil on fiberboard with human hair 24 1/2 x 16 7/8 in. (62.2 x 42.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.142 Not currently on view
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Mose Tolliver was able to stand only with the aid of crutches after a factory accident injured his legs in the late 1960s. He then began to paint, and the exaggerated legs and crutches in this self-portrait emphasize his physical disabilities. Tolliver often used unconventional materials in his paintings and here included pieces of his own hair around the head and upper lip.
Ethnic - African-American
Portrait male - Tolliver, Mose - self-portrait
animal parts - hair
paint - oil
About Mose Tolliver
Born: Pike Road, Alabama 1919 Died: Montgomery, Alabama 2006
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