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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 | , , ,


  1. the man in the painting looks tired and beaten like his crop. the farmer was once the back bone of this country and we have pissed that away too. we used to have families that ran farms(on the backs of slaves) now we have corporations running farms on the backs of illegal latin americans. we have no soul at all. when you go shopping next and you get your lettuce and your raspberries know that they were picked by abused underpaid underage workers who have to shit in the same field your food grows in. so when you bitch about the price of the produce remember there is a much greater price being paid. your own dignity that you are supporting the worse human conditions in out country. i wont even get started on the blood all over the shit you are buying at walmart!

    Comment by bill brady | September 19, 2009

  2. Excellent comment. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 19, 2009

  3. what are the dimensions of this painting?

    Comment by ashley | November 16, 2009

  4. I don’t know but to say that they are as wide as your imagination.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 16, 2009

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