In this relief print created with black ink on white paper, Hale Woodruff represents a Black figure riding a mule. The man wears a cowboy hat, bandana, striped pants, and dark boots. He is shirtless, and he sits on the animal casually sidesaddle, with one hand resting on his thigh and the other on the mule's rump. He is represented in a landscape, and behind him rise two trees.

Trusty on a Mule

Hale Woodruff, Printed by Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Published by Marshall Arts, Ltd./Woodruff Project

1939; printed 1996

  • Titles Hale Woodruff: Selections from the Atlanta Period, 1931-1946 (Portfolio)
  • Artist Hale Woodruff, American, 1900 - 1980
  • Medium linoleum cut with chine-collé
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Partial gift of Elnora, Inc. in honor of Auldlyn Higgins Williams and E.T. Williams, Jr., and purchase with funds provided by the Friends of American Art, with additional funds provided by Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol, Beverly and Stanley Erdreich, Dr. and Mrs. James Kamplain, and Martha Pezrow, AFI.4.2020.8
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