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Time Period:
Painted about 1931

Mountians of Mohawk Trail
(looking west) from
Charlemont, MA

Oil on Canvas


Landscapes & Views

30 X 36

Myles Standish Galleries, 1931
Smith Coll. Tryon Gallery, 1931
A.A. Munson, New Haven, 1931
Mt. Holyoke Coll. Dwight Hall, 1931
Amherst Coll. Jones Library, '31
Concord (MA) Art Association, '32
MacBeth Galleries (NYC), 1933




Note the smoke from the old-fashioned steam locomotive rising from the valley floor.

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Featured Artwork: June Hills

RSW's Diary Comments

"Painted about 1931 or 2. View from flat of Hoosac Tunnel depot, of hills of the old Hoosac mountain road and the new Mohawk Trail."

Additional Notes

Topographical Map of the tunnel area
Topographic Map of the tunnel area illustrates
where we believe this painting was painted.

Boston Herald, Oct. 16, 1932

"June Hills, solid rounds of green splashed with sun and shadow, is a rather unusual composition and had it been slightly less literal in its execution would have been an interesting step forward in the career of this artist."

Boston Transcript, Oct. 1932

".....and pleasing, if yet disconcertingly compositionally unbalanced, are the June Hills that swell and roll beneath a deep blue sky, whose banked clouds, incidentally, make valiant but unavailing effort to halt the downward rush of the directing line of horizon."

Mountain Shoulder
Painted the year before, Mountain Shoulder shows
the topography illustrated on the map above

June Hills was painted a year before Mountain Shoulder (1932) but the two will be forever linked because they are both different perspective of the Hoosac Tunnel/Deerfield River Valley near Florida, MA., along the Mohawk Trail (MA Rte 2) heading towards North Adams, MA. In each painting you can almost see the vantage point in each painting from which he painted the other.