MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART PERMANENT COLLECTION
"This is the Andrews Family (Andrews Family Tree)" by George Andrews George Andrews (1911–1996)
This is the Andrews Family (Andrews Family Tree)
1991
Oil on canvas
60 x 40 inches
Gift of Benny Andrews; 1994.024

George Andrews was a self-taught artist who lived his entire life in Morgan County, Georgia. When forced to retire early from farming by illness, Andrews began to pursue and interest in painting that had been with him since his youth.

Simply called "The Family Tree" by the artist, this painting includes a self-portrait of George Andrews in his overalls, standing with a plow and mule, the tools of his earlier job as a farmer. Beside George is his wife Viola, who holds their youngest child. The couple's other nine children, with their names written individually above their representations, occupy the branches of a large tree.

The other motifs that fill the picture are some of the artist's favorite subjects and visual motifs, including creeping vines, flowering shrubs, bluebirds, and pigs. Throughout the painting is Andrews's favorite visual motif—the brightly colored dots that earned him the nickname "the Dot Man."