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Study for The Results of Poor Housing

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Study for The Results of Poor Housing

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Hale Woodruff
American, 1900–1980


ca. 1941–1942


Oil on board

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14 7/8 x 24 7/8 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 301


Though far from monumental in size, Results of Poor Housing and Results of Good Housing reflect Hale Woodruff’s early Social Realist style and the influence of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, with whom Woodruff studied. This pair of paintings was a gift from the artist to James H. Therrell, the director of housing for the City of Atlanta in the early 1940s.The stark contrast between this image and Results of Good Housing clearly expresses the artist’s support of Therrell’s progressive programs.


High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Gift of Mrs. Burma Therrell in memory of James H. Therrell, 1984.86

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