Sunday Promenade, Selections from the Atlanta Period

Artist Details

Name: Hale Aspacio Woodruff
Birth: 1900 Death: 1980
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: ca. 1935, printed 1996
Medium: linocut on paper
Dimensions: 19 x 15 inches
Credit: Gift of Reba and Dave Williams

Born in Cairo, Illinois, Woodruff grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. After winning a Harmon Foundation prize in 1927 for one of his paintings, he was able to go to France for four years for additional study. There he took formal art classes and studied the Old Masters. In Paris, Woodruff was introduced to African art, which, along with the painting of Cézanne and other French impressionists, deeply influenced his creative process.

At the height of the Great Depression, Woodruff returned to the United States and joined the faculty at Atlanta University where, under challenging conditions he established the Fine Arts Department and the Atlanta Annuals competition for aspiring black artists. During this period, Woodruff created a set of linocuts that shed light on the experiences of African Americans in the South.

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