French Turtle

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Enamel on Masonite
31.25 x 27 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Tolliver considered his renderings of turtles stand-ins for self-portraits. After an injury at the McLendon Furniture Company where he worked disabled him, and forced him to walk with crutches, he often compared himself to the slow-moving animals.