Me and Willie Mae

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Housepaint and marker on wood
30 x 24 inches
Collection of
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco museum purchase American Art Trust Fund and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

An injury at the McLendon Furniture Company where he worked left Tolliver disabled and unable to walk without crutches. In Me and Willie Mae, Tolliver painted himself on his crutches, standing next to his wife. He later explained that the birds and the nude figures depicted overhead represent his paintings hanging on the wall of their home.