“The reason we discovered it was due diligence. You can get important information from the reverse [of a Traylor work]. I hoped it would be an interesting note from Charles Shannon,” Zimmerman says, citing the man credited with discovering Traylor. “But I got a dynamic second image on the back. I couldn’t have been happier. It’s very exciting. It’s an absolute dream to unframe a piece and find an equally spectacular piece on the reverse.”
Traylor was reasonably prolific for an artist who started late in life. He produced more than 1,000 works, and few are double-sided. Man on White, Woman on Red / Man with Black Dog might be the first fully realized double-sided Traylor to go to auction; his top ten auction results belong to single-sided pieces.