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    Sale 2338 | Lot 40
    Price Realized: $27,500With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2338 Lot 40

      HALE WOODRUFF (1900 - 1980)
      Portrait of a Girl.

      Oil on masonite board, circa 1935-40. 273x216 mm; 10 3/4x8 1/2 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

      Provenance: Harold Hart, New York; the estate of Harold Hart; thence by descent to C. Arnold Hart; the estate of C. Arnold Hart.

      This early study is one of only a handful of paintings by Woodruff that have come to auction with an African-American subject. The limited, dark palette and simplified forms link this work to the period shortly after his return from France. Woodruff did a number of paintings of children, including his celebrated Negro Boy, 1938, in the collection of Robert L. Johnson from the Barnett-Aden Collection. Additionally, another very similar painting of a child by Woodruff, Black Boy, from the estate of Loïs Mailou Jones, was sold in Swann's February 16, 2012 auction of African-American Fine Art.

      Estimate $12,000 - 18,000

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $27,500