The Card Players

Hale Woodruff (American, 1900–1980)
Oil on canvas
23 1/2 × 29 3/8 in. (59.7 × 74.6 cm)
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 911
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Woodruff/ 30
the artist, New York (1930–78; in 1978 to private collection); private collection, Scarsdale, N. Y. (1978–2015; sold to MMA)

New York. Art Center. "Exhibition of the Works of Negro Artists Presented by the Harmon Foundation," February 16–28, 1931, no. 114 (as "The Card Players [Composition]").

Hempstead, N. Y. Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University. "A Blossoming of New Promises: Art in the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance," February 5–March 18, 1984, no. 53 (lent by Mrs. Arti Freeman).

Atlanta. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. "Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet and the Academy," January 18–May 12, 2007, no. 12 (lent by Arti Freeman).

Atlanta. High Museum of Art. "Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College," June 9–September 2, 2012, unnumbered cat.

Catherine Bernard in Explorations in the City of Light: African–American Artists in Paris, 1945–1965. Ed. Audreen Buffalo. Exh. cat., Studio Museum in Harlem. New York, 1996, p. 25, ill. (image reversed), states that it is a lost painting.

Theresa Leininger–Miller. New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light, 1922–1934. New Brunswick, N.J., 2001, pp. 132–36, 245–46, colorpl. 14, erroneously identifies it as "Cardplayers, 1978 (after the 1930 original)".

Theresa Leininger–Miller in Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Alison B. Amick. Exh. cat., Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Oklahoma City, 2008, p. 85, ill., erroneously identifies it as "Cardplayers, 1978 (after the 1930 original)".

Stephanie Mayer Heydt in Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College. Exh. cat., High Museum of Art. Atlanta, 2012, pp. 32, 148, colorpl. 8.