Bill Traylor

by on February 5, 2008 at 6:19 am in Current Affairs, Political Science | Permalink

Traylor

1 huh February 5, 2008 at 9:09 am

Five legs?

2 Tyler Cowen February 5, 2008 at 10:12 am

I am pleased Hovie tried to figure this one out. But he didn’t get it. Do you?

3 mk February 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm

I got it!!

It’s the old saying: “When the five legged bull mounts the truncated rhombus, a man in a hat will always try to antagonize it with the use of karate.”

It took me a while to figure that one out. Kudos, Tyler.

4 AMW February 5, 2008 at 1:32 pm

The man and bull are on a submerging box of some sort, and the man is pointing both to the bull and the water, suggesting that the bull jump off so that the box can float. However, absent an altruistic motive, the bull has no incentive to do so, as he is going to drown either way.

My guess is there are a lot of current events that this pertains to. Take your pick.

5 Nat Almirall February 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm

The man’s pointing to those very large horns and the image is blue(ish) — voters choosing the “toughest” democratic candidate?

6 Tyler Cowen February 5, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Traylor, of course, painted African-Americans. And the painting is blue, which is of course the color for the Democrats. The picture portrays an African-American working very hard to pull a reluctant beast to the tipping point or past the halfway mark. The horns and the five legs aside, the beast even has some characteristics of a donkey.

When I thought of today being Super Tuesday and having Democratic primaries, this painting came immediately to my mind.

7 Yan Li February 5, 2008 at 4:30 pm

“Now the Dove and the Leopard Wrestle” (http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/bearden/images/wrestle2.jpg)
by Romare Bearden who could pass as white.

8 Douglas Knight February 5, 2008 at 11:34 pm

blue wasn’t the color of the democrats back then.

9 Michael Blowhard February 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I was hoping Tyler posted the pic just because he liked it and wanted to share …

10 Finance Monk February 8, 2008 at 12:51 pm

“When the five legged bull mounts the truncated rhombus, a man in a hat will always try to antagonize it with the use of karate.”

I think there’s a market for edgier fortune cookies.

11 深圳翻译公司 February 23, 2008 at 10:19 am

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