Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted in fall 1940.

Location:
Burnt Hill pasture
Heath, MA

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Beech Tree

Size:
36 X 42

Exhibited:
Jordan Marsh Co. Galleries

Purchased:
Gardner (MA) High School
Class of '52

Provenance:
Unknown

Noteworthy:

First painting I made from windows of Heath Pasture House as it was being erected, so a really emotional favorite of mine.

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Featured Artwork: November Holiday

November Holiday
The choice of using the sepia as the feature image was made because of
it's superior quality to the only color image we have (below).
Click here for a high resolution image of painting

RSW's Diary Comments

November Holiday, Color
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the image simply by clicking on it.
November Holiday, Color

“Painted in fall 1940. First painting I made from windows of Heath Pasture House as it was being erected, so a really emotional favorite of mine. Beech tree, ledges, November hills. Bought by graduating class of 1952 and presented to Gardner High School (Mass.)”


Additional Notes

The Boston Globe,March 31, 1940

"What is considered by many to be the most popular art show in Boston opens this afternoon with a preview invitation tea and welcomes the public for a two weeks' free showing. It is the 11th annual exhibition of paintings by contemporary New England artists---the cream of the crop---held at the Jordan Marsh Co. Galleries on the 5th floor of the annex. November Holiday, is Robert Strong Woodward's wonderful scene of a wind-swept hilltop, stark, yet warm, looking over to a distant mountain range."

Excerpt from an email:

"This painting was admired very much by a close friend of RSW, F. Earl Williams (see Friends of Woodward essay). He was at the time principal of Gardner High School in Gardner Mass. and was influential in a graduating class buying it as a gift to their alma mata. It hung there in the auditorium for many years."

MLP

This painting was removed from the high school for security reasons and is currently hung in a room of the new Gardner Public Library.


See also the Scrapbook page devoted to the Heath Pasture Studio.