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Sharecropper Painted By Texas Artist Jerry Bywaters

Above is a painting called Texas Sharecropper.

It was painted in 1937 by Texas artist Jerry Bywaters.

Please click here to learn more about Mr. Bywaters in the excellent Handbook of Texas Online. 

Jerry Bywaters lived 1906-1989.

Please consider spending a minute with the painting to consider your thoughts on  what you see.

I like the anger in the portrait. I like the absence of sentiment. I like how it is both regional and yet still so clearly American in a way that people in all parts of the country would understand. I like a Texas artist who paints the Texas he sees instead of a romanticized image.

Here is a link to other images created by Mr. Bywaters.

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments