Mayor of Hoover City (Texas)


Olin Herman Travis ( American, 1888 - 1975 )

c. 1932
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General Description

Described by great, thick strokes of paint and strong colors, a down-and-out man leans against a wooden crutch. Around him stretch the shacks of a Depression-era Hoover City—one of the ram-shackle communities of the dispossessed that dotted the American landscape in the 1930s and were disparagingly named for President Herbert Hoover. In ironic contrast to the grim setting that the "mayor" inhabits, the skyscrapers of Dallas shimmer in the far background. Olin Herman Travis was born and raised in Dallas and trained at the Art Institute of Chicago. Travis established the Dallas Art Institute and shepherded the careers of many young Texas artists.

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Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Mayor of Hoover City (Texas)", in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 271.

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