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Blue Landscape

Hale Woodruff

Contemporary Art

Unlike the majority of American painters who were engaged with gestural abstraction at mid-century, Hale Woodruff remained rooted in an artistic process that originated with traditional notions of subject matter. A leading African American artist of the period, Woodruff had devoted his energies emphatically to subjects relevant to the black experience and the civil rights effort beginning in the 1930s. After his move to New York in 1946 and a decisive turn to abstraction, he executed numerous landscapes such as this one, in which the forms are intended to convey the character of a particular place and time of day.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1968
DIMENSIONS 36 × 42 1/4 in. (91.4 × 107.3 cm) frame: 39 3/4 × 45 1/8 × 2 7/16 in. (101 × 114.7 × 6.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Lower right: "H. Woodruff"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Thomas Williams, Jr.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Hale Woodruff (American, 1900–1980). Blue Landscape, 1968. Oil on canvas, 36 × 42 1/4 in. (91.4 × 107.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Thomas Williams, Jr., 87.86. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.86_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 87.86_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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