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Twilight

An oil painting of a landscape that depicts a group of six trees illuminated by a dramatic sunset in the background. The color palette is mostly warm tones in shades of red, orange, and yellow, with some streaks of dark green in the foreground and broader strokes of light green and blue for the sky in the background.

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  • An oil painting of a landscape that depicts a group of six trees illuminated by a dramatic sunset in the background. The color palette is mostly warm tones in shades of red, orange, and yellow, with some streaks of dark green in the foreground and broader strokes of light green and blue for the sky in the background.

Date:

c. 1926

Artist:

Hale Woodruff
American, 1900–1980

About this artwork

Twilight, one of Hale Woodruff’s early paintings, is a vivid landscape that reflects 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 (French for “wild beasts”). The artist applied bold streaks of pigment using fluid brushstrokes, drawing attention to the paint’s texture. Paintings such as Twilight inspired the acclaimed Harlem Renaissance author Alain Locke to praise the young artist: “Mr. Woodruff paints landscapes of originality,” with a “warm beauty” of color. Woodruff later became a highly influential muralist and educator, dedicated to promoting the works and careers of African American artists.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 271

Artist

Hale Woodruff

Title

Twilight

Origin

United States

Date

c. 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

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