Lady on Gymnast Bar
Mose Tolliver (1919-2006) was born near Pintala, Alabama, and attended school through the third grade. After working several labor jobs, during which an accident crushed his legs in the early 1970s, Tolliver began to paint. At first, Tolliver painted scenes from his neighborhood and sold them or traded them for food to people passing by. His popularity grew and, in 1982, he was included in the seminal “Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980” show at the Smithsonian’s Corcoran Gallery.