Twilight

A work made of oil on pressed paperboard.

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  • A work made of oil on pressed paperboard.

Date:

c. 1926

Artist:

Hale Woodruff
American, 1900–1980

About this artwork

Hale Woodruff was a highly influential muralist and teacher, dedicated to promoting the works of African American artists. Trained at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1920s, he chafed at his limited exposure to the latest painting trends. Twilight, one of his early paintings, is an extraordinarily vivid landscape that suggests his desire to define himself as a modernist. A scene of a small grove of trees backlit by an intense sunset, the painting exuberantly evokes the brilliant color of the Fauves. The artist employed assured, fluid brushstrokes to apply bold streaks of pigment, drawing attention to the paint’s tactile qualities. Works such as Twilight inspired the noted Harlem Renaissance author Alain Locke to praise the young artist: “Mr. Woodruff paints landscapes of originality,” wrote Locke, with a “warm beauty” of color.

On View

American Art, Gallery 271

Artist

Hale Aspacio Woodruff

Title

Twilight

Origin

United States

Date

1926

Medium

Oil on pressed paperboard

Inscriptions

Signed lower right: Hale Woodruff

Dimensions

71.1 × 81.3 cm (28 × 32 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Marguerita S. Ritman

Reference Number

1993.125

Extended information about this artwork

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