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Hale Aspacio Woodruff (GA, NY, France, 1900 - 1980)

Lot 0013 Details

Description
Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900 - 1980) Painting of a young man playing a banjo. Oil on canvas laid on board. Signed upper right. This early painting is one of only a handful of paintings by Woodruff that have come to auction with African-American subject. Provenance: Private Florida collection.

Hale Woodruff was born in 1900 in Cairo, Illinois. After high school he drew political cartoons part-time for the black newspaper, the Indianapolis Ledger. His art studies included the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis; Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard's Fogg Museum School; and Académie Moderne in Paris with Herny Ossawa Tanner in 1927. Woodruff was a black American living in France where discrimination was not as pronounced as in the United States. Traveling in Europe, he was supported in part by New York dealer, Edith Halpert, who in turn solicited nearly $700.00 from Abby Rockefeller, wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In Paris, Woodruff painted landscapes, black genre and Cubist pictures. As he matured, Woodruff, after a period of history painting, would ultimately end up an abstractionist emphasizing African symbolism. The artist returned to America in 1931. He established the art department at Atlanta University in the depths of the Depression, beginning a forty-year teaching career. He created the Atlanta Annuals, exhibitions for black artists. In the late 1930s, he painted black history murals for Atlanta's Talledega College Slavery Library that reflect the influences of the great mural painters of the age, Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. Woodruff had recently studied in Mexico with Rivera. Woodruff may be best known for these works. In addition to murals the artist also produced, at this time, prints and watercolors of black lynchings and poverty, which some critics referred to as the Outhouse School because so many latrines dotted his landscapes. Woodruff's paintings can be seen at Atlanta University and Talledega College, Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit Institute of Arts; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Howard University and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C; New York University and New York Public Library, New York City.

Sight Size: 10 x 5 in.
Overall Size: 15 x 10 in.
Condition

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Dimensions
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Hale Aspacio Woodruff (GA, NY, France, 1900 - 1980)

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Oct 04, 2020
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0013: Hale Aspacio Woodruff (GA, NY, France, 1900 - 1980)

Sold for $3,500
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Est. $6,000 - $9,000Starting Price $3,000
Oct 4th Fine Art, Antiques, Jewelry Auction
Sun, Oct 04, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0013 Details

Description
...
Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900 - 1980) Painting of a young man playing a banjo. Oil on canvas laid on board. Signed upper right. This early painting is one of only a handful of paintings by Woodruff that have come to auction with African-American subject. Provenance: Private Florida collection.

Hale Woodruff was born in 1900 in Cairo, Illinois. After high school he drew political cartoons part-time for the black newspaper, the Indianapolis Ledger. His art studies included the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis; Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard's Fogg Museum School; and Académie Moderne in Paris with Herny Ossawa Tanner in 1927. Woodruff was a black American living in France where discrimination was not as pronounced as in the United States. Traveling in Europe, he was supported in part by New York dealer, Edith Halpert, who in turn solicited nearly $700.00 from Abby Rockefeller, wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In Paris, Woodruff painted landscapes, black genre and Cubist pictures. As he matured, Woodruff, after a period of history painting, would ultimately end up an abstractionist emphasizing African symbolism. The artist returned to America in 1931. He established the art department at Atlanta University in the depths of the Depression, beginning a forty-year teaching career. He created the Atlanta Annuals, exhibitions for black artists. In the late 1930s, he painted black history murals for Atlanta's Talledega College Slavery Library that reflect the influences of the great mural painters of the age, Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. Woodruff had recently studied in Mexico with Rivera. Woodruff may be best known for these works. In addition to murals the artist also produced, at this time, prints and watercolors of black lynchings and poverty, which some critics referred to as the Outhouse School because so many latrines dotted his landscapes. Woodruff's paintings can be seen at Atlanta University and Talledega College, Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit Institute of Arts; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Howard University and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C; New York University and New York Public Library, New York City.

Sight Size: 10 x 5 in.
Overall Size: 15 x 10 in.
Condition
...
<br>- By registering to bid for this auction either in-house or online and/or placing a bid in this auction the BIDDER/BUYER agrees to all the terms and conditions of Helmuth Stone Gallery Auctions. <br/><br>- All silver, gold and/or jewelry lots or invoices containing said lots MUST be paid for via wire transfer or cashier’s check, no other forms of payment will be accepted.<br/><br>- All sales are final; no refunds will be given under any circumstances.<br/><br>- Helmuth Stone Gallery provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.<br/><br>- Online images can sometimes be low quality due to the uploading process, original high-resolution images can be requested via email at HelmuthStone@gmail.com<br/><br>- We recommend looking into shipping quotes prior to bidding, shipping quotes can take up to a week or more post-sale as we host our auctions through 6 online platforms and shipping can become backlogged, if you would like a list of local shippers please email us directly.<br/><br>- Our auction catalogs are hosted through multiple online platforms along with phone and in-house bidding. Bids placed on other platforms are not shown through this catalog. Because of this, even if it appears you are the only absentee bid or bidder on a lot, you may already be out bid or may have placed a bid equal to another bidder. Therefore, we always recommend bidding live.
Dimensions
15 x 10 in

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