Old Farmhouse in Beauce Valley


Hale Woodruff (American, 1900–1980)




Oil on canvas


19 1/2 x 24 inches


High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Purchase with funds from Joan N. Whitcomb, Sandra and Lloyd Baccus, George L. Howell and Mtamanika Youngblood, Arthur J. Clement, Karol Mason, Veronica and Franklin Biggins, Kathleen Clement, Dr. and Mrs. Louis W. Sullivan, Catherine Ross and Danny Boston, and Jay and Arthur Richardson, 2003.93

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Seeking a more racially tolerant environment in which to develop his creative talents, African American painter Hale Woodruff moved to France in 1927. There, he attended art classes, visited museums, and engaged in the vibrant expatriate community of avant-garde painters. Woodruff’s compositional rhythm and tactile use of color in Old Farmhouse in Beauce Valley bring a monumentality to the humble subject that recalls the landscapes of the French modernists Cézanne, Braque, and Picasso—influential models for many American artists of the time.

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© Estate of Hale Woodruff/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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