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Meet the Masters

Grade Three

ARTIST: PRINT:

WILLIAMS, WALTER

POULTRY MARKED WHITNEY MUSEUM NEW YORK

(1920 - )

20th Century American Date: 1953 Size: 46" x 38" Medium: Unknown

ARTIST - Walter Williams is an American painter, print-maker and sculptor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York where he attended public schools. His art education included studying at the Brooklyn Museum and a scholarship to the Skowhegan Art School in Maine. He received a Whitney Fellowship that permitted him to travel and work in Mexico. He has had many one-man shows, participated in many group shows, and won many awards. When Williams' name is mentioned the word nature comes to mind. Although raised in New York City, he remembers when part of the city was a tree-lined area and children could escape the hard pavement and enjoy the sights and sounds of birds and summer evenings.

PRINT - Williams has painted this window display as a colorful part of a city street. The small neighborhood poultry store window presents a striking contrast between the highly colored rooster and the eggs and the dead chickens behind the glass. Note the repetition of shapes in the rooster's tail and the wind blown hair. The two figures outside look at coins in the younger child's hand. Perhaps they are wondering whether or not they have enough money to make their purchase. Are they contemplating a purchase here or somewhere else on this street? The artist leaves this question unanswered. Did they stop for another reason? Did the contrast of dark and light, catch William's eye?

PORTFOLIO G PAIRED WITH:

PISSARRO THE VILLAGE MARKET

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