Hale A. Woodruff

African-American , 1900 - 1980

American painter, printmaker and teacher, Hale Woodruff was born in Cairo, Illinois in 1900. A leading artist of the Harlem Renaissance, he studied at the John Herron Institute in Indianapolis, the School of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Academie Scandinave and the Academie Moderne, both in Paris. In 1931, he worked with Henry Ossawa Tanner in Paris and in 1936 he studied mural painting with Diego Rivera in Mexico City.

In America’s South, Woodruff discovered and taught a number of talented artists including Robert Neal, Albert Wells and Frederick Flemister, all of whose work reflects the Woodruff’s bold style and methods.
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