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Big Wind in Georgia

about 1933–1936
Hale Aspacio Woodruff (American, 1900–1980)


57.8 x 76.2 cm (22 3/4 x 30 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on Masonite

Not On View





Georgia’s characteristic red clay soil anchors the bottom of this swirling composition in which both natural and man-made objects are blasted free from their footings. This rootlessness could reflect both the economic uncertainties of the 1930s and such weather-related calamities as the tornadoes that shattered parts of the state in 1936. Woodruff taught art in Atlanta from 1931 to 1946, when he moved to New York and shifted to an abstract style.


Lower right: Hale Woodruff


Acquired from the artist by Mrs. M. Travis Grubbs, New Zealand; by 1997, with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York; April 1997, sold by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection


Estate of Hale Woodruff/© Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.