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Hale Woodruff

Georgia Landscape
about 1934–35
oil
21 1/8 x 25 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred T. Morris, Jr.

As an educator Woodruff always encouraged his students to paint what they knew, and he certainly followed this advice himself. He made frequent sketching trips in the Atlanta area and this is one of several landscapes inspired by those expeditions. His interpretation of the red clay, spindly pines, and gnarled oak capture the region's distinctive features.