Hale Woodruff Returning Home from Hale Woodruff: Selections from the Atlanta Period 1931–1946 1931–46, published 1996

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After living as an expatriate in Paris for many years, Woodruff accepted a position as chair of the newly established art department at Atlanta University in Georgia. There, he adopted a realistic style to highlight the harsh living conditions that his fellow African Americans endured in the post-slavery United States. With funds from the Works Progress Administration, he produced a series of woodcuts that exposed the South’s “peculiar rundown landscapes [and] its social and economic problems.” In the same scenes, he also demonstrated the resilience of the people who lived there, as they worked, rested, and gathered as a community.

Gallery label from 2022
One from a portfolio of eight linoleum cuts
composition: 10 x 8 1/16" (25.4 x 20.4 cm); sheet: 19 3/16 x 14 15/16" (48.8 x 38 cm)
The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Washington D.C. (Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.), June Kelly Gallery, New York, Marshall Arts, Ltd., Elnora Inc. (E. Thomas Williams)
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York
proof before the edition of 300
Gift of E. Thomas Williams, Jr. and Auldlyn Higgins Williams
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