Mar 31, 2022 - Sale 2599

Sale 2599 - Lot 11

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
HALE WOODRUFF (1900 - 1980)
Sunday Promenade.

Linoleum cut on imitation Japan paper, 1935. 240x200 mm; 9 3/4x7 3/4 inches, wide margins. Artist proof. Signed, titled, dated and inscribed "Artist's Proof" in pencil, lower margin. A later impression, printed circa 1975.

Additional impressions are in the collections of the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art.

Sunday Promenade portrays the everyday experiences of African Americans in Atlanta, Georgia during the Great Depression. Woodruff explored the pervasive violence of lynching and the mundane suffering of poverty through his works in this series. Here, he conveys liveliness and beauty in a procession of women dressed in their Sunday's best. This linoleum cut is part of a group made over a fifteen year period while Woodruff was teaching at Spelman College from 1931-46.