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COLEMAN 11 painting that was produced by the Outhouse School is Georgia Dwelling (1939) by Robert Neal (19--). This work, painted in a distinct robust realistic style, influenced by the Mexican Muralists, depicts an image of a house in a rolling landscape with an outhouse prominently placed in the lower right side of the picture. Wilmer Jennings' very elegant print Hilltop House (1939), a wood engraving, provides testimony to his skill and mastery of this relief printmaking technique while rendering the houses and trees as strongly volumentric forms in a sensitively designed pictorial format. Woodruff, a prolific artist, produced paintings and relief prints such as Returning Home (1939), which showed how many of the houses in the Southeast and sections of Southwest Atlanta were placed upon stilts to avoid the frequent flooding that occurred because of a lack of storm drains in the Black communities. The lynchings that occurred all too frequently in the South were the subject for Woodruff's prints entitled By Parties Unknown (1938) and Giddap (1938). The influence of the Outhouse School, or the Atlanta School as it was also called, was to extend far beyond Atlanta long after Woodruff left for a professorship at New York University in 1945. His students were to carry on his legacy and begin their own at other Black institutions across the South. One such individual was Hayward Oubre, a native of New Orleans, graduate of Dillard (BA), the University of Iowa (M.F.A.) and
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