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A hilly terrain with ridges, bushes, trees, and rocks outlined in dark brown and filled in with earthy tan and pecan brown, goldenrod yellow, and moss and emerald green almost fills this nearly square, stylized landscape painting. Framing the scene is a steel-gray, broken tree trunk to our left and a small grove of leafless bushes, with vertical, nearly straight branches to our right. Another grove of tightly spaced tree trunks is clustered near a smoky, plum-purple ridge at the back center, and a touch of clear blue toward the lower right corner suggests a winding stream. A narrow band of sapphire-blue sky along the top edge of the canvas is streaked with white clouds painted with long swipes of the brush. The artist signed the work in the lower left corner, “Hale Woodruff.”

Hale Woodruff, Landscape, 1936, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (The Evans-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.), 2014.136.160

Overview of the Evans-Tibbs Collection

In honor of African American History Month

Focus: The Collection

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • East Building Atrium
  • Gallery Talks
  • In-person

The acquisition of the Evans-Tibbs Collection notably expanded the Gallery’s holdings of African American art. This overview will highlight objects in the special installation and provide background about the collector and dealer, Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr., (1952–1997). This talk is part of the Gallery’s observance of African American History Month. 

Steven Nelson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts