Untitled (Seated Woman)

  • Bill Traylor, Untitled (Seated Woman), ca. 1940-1942, opaque watercolor and pencil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, 2016.38.92, © 1994, Bill Traylor Family Trust

Traylor had a knack for compressing a world of emotion into the flattest of forms. He often made pictures in single colors — favoring blue, yellow, and red to convey different moods — but the paintings he made in solid black may be his most iconic. Here, a woman sits with hands on her hips, exuding confidence and personal power. Her chin and nose tilt upward in a pose that radiates pride. She faces forward, looking toward the future, ready to take on whatever comes.
(We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection, 2022)
Title
Untitled (Seated Woman)
Artist
Date
ca. 1940-1942
Location
Dimensions
14 12 × 8 in. (36.8 × 20.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson

Mediums Description
opaque watercolor and pencil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
2016.38.92
Palette
Linked Open Data
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