Painted prior to 1930. One of my favorite canvases but never
very popular. Gaunt old windowless N. E. house with collapsed ell, behind,
standing in sparse orchard, and before its gable end, a young, thrifty apple
tree arising from the debris of the old house, like a phoenix from its
ashes. Painted in November at the Hawley head of Apple Valley on John Howes
Comments on the back of a sepia print:
On the back of a
sepia print, RSW wrote:
One of my earlier canvases but I have always felt an
important painting. To some, the subject matter may not seem cheerful but I
was caught with the spirit of the young hope apple tree growing out of the
fading beauty of the old house, phoenix-like.
Boston Globe, January 3, 1930 about an
exhibition at the Boston Art Club by A.J. Philpott:
"And there is no more vivid and luminous landscape in the exhibition
than Mr. Woodward's The Old House and the Young Tree. That is a gem."
"This is a gem......a very vivid and luminous landscape."
There is also a chalk drawing of this same scene titled
Young Tree and the Old House.