This website is a tribute to the life and artwork of Western Massachusetts artist Robert Strong Woodward (1885 -1957).

Current Announcements

NATIONAL RECOGNITION!

The "Southwick" house and studio of Robert Strong Woodward (1934 - 1957) was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 11, 2018. This is the list of our Nation's historic places deemed worthy of preservation by the National Park Service. It is thrilling to have received this recognition and to continue perpetuating the legacy of Robert Strong Woodward.



STUDIO/GALLERY EVENT

JULY 28, 2018
10:30am to 2:30pm

In conjunction with the "A Summer Day on the Buckland Common" event held on Upper Street, Buckland, MA, on July 28, 2018 we will opening our doors to the Southwick Studio and its adjoining gallery. Come see Woodward's studio, kept much as he left it upon his death in 1957 along with many paintings and artifacts!


WOODWARD EXHIBIT AT PVMA MEMORIAL HALL

Dates TBA

Plans are in the works for another exhibit of Woodward's work with our friends at the PVMA in Deerfield, MA, come September thru October. Keep on the lookout for the dates and more information which will be posted right here as it becomes availble.



Monthly Featured Artwork from our 2018 Calendar: Unnamed "Enduring Farm"

Unnamed "Enduring Farm", a painting by Robert Strong Woodward. The July view as depicted on the 2018 Buckland Historical Society Woodward Calendar

Website's Key Features

Welcome to RobertStrongWoodward.com! The website is divided into two main features. First is the Gallery of Woodward's artwork sorted in themes and then alphabetically. There is also the Scrapbook which contains collections of stories, memorabilia and specific citations related to Woodward, his life and achievements. It is at once a tribute and historical record of Woodward and the life and times from which he drew his inspiration.

The Artwork Galleries

The galleries consist nearly 800 known works of art created by Woodward. We have some form of an image for approximately 75% of them! The galleries are organized in two ways, first, is the Theme Gallery, sorted into 25 categories. The second is alphabetically, making up 8 separate galleries plus a gallery of artwork RSW didn't name or we do not have a name for at this time. Plus, visit our Complete Works List and surf the website from there!


Woodward's Studios

As a result of Woodward's handicap and thus limited mobility, his studios, by extension, provide a significant insight to the artist and his work. From his early paintings of the woods and brook behind Redgate, to the infamous wind blown beech tree atop Heath Pasture and his stunning window paintings from his Hiriam and Southwick studios you gain appreciation for the artist's work.

Our Recollections Scrapbook

The Recollections Scrapbook is a collection of personal accounts from people who either knew Woodward personally or related to us an experience they have had related to Woodward. A number of the stories told come from this website's originator, Mark Purinton (seen in picture to the left with Woodward), who started working for Woodward as a boy.

Painting Stories Scrapbook

This is our "story behind the paintings" collection. It includes some of Woodward's favorite subjects, such as, his neighbor Harrison Keach's Farm, the Halifax (VT) House and the North Window of his Southwick studio. There is also Charlemont Bridge artwork before the bridge was destroyed in the hurriciance of 1938 and Marlboro Church, part of a "church series" Woodward was commissioned for by industrialist Francis P. Garvin before his death.

Promotional Items

The Friends Of Woodward is a group of RSW "appreciators" whose mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate his artistic legacy. The group typically meets the 3rd Thursday of every month and those interested in joining, please do not hestitated to contact them through the link below. ALL ARE WELCOMED...

The organization is a qualifiied 501(c)3 status organization. This means that donations to the organization are tax deductible should you wish to make a contributuion.


Since 2007, the website, in conjunction with the Buckland Historical Society, has produced a yearly calendar to benefit the Historical Society. Usually available in November of the current year, it can be purchased locally or through the website.


Recent Website Updates

Summer 2018COMING SOON

  • 50+ new drawings and sketches
  • New recollections from RSW friend Helen Patch and Boston agent Morton Vose II
  • Multiple Revisions of the Theme Galleries

06-18-2018NEW PICS

April Sugaring

After all these years of trying we finally have an original image of this beautiful 'sugaring' painting. Up until now we had previously used scaned images of the painting taken from print material for which it was published.


06-16-2018NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed: Autumn Beech

Wow, what a find! This wonderful painting of the Beech Tree in Heath is unnamed and unsigned. It is of the the tree in baring its fall foliage colors. It is in great condition.


06-15-2018NEW PICS

Aged Roofs

The image of this painting was discovered in a collection of KodaChome slides taken by RSW friend and amatuer photographer, Mr. F. Earl Williams himself and given to the Smithsonian Institute under his name as part of RSW's collection.


06-14-2018NEW PICS

Rushing Brook

We have had a pretty good picture of this painting for some time now but we always look to get the best possible picture of a painting and we succeeded with the lastest pic of this painting.


06-11-2018NEW PICS

Geranium and the Mountain

Window Paintings are always difficult to photograph. Often the brown color of the wood paneling around the windows produces a glare that is hard to avoid, but we magange to in this new pic of this gorgeous painting.


06-10-2018NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed: The Awaiting Maple

The image of this painting was discovered in a collection of KodaChome slides taken by RSW friend and amatuer photographer, Mr. F. Earl Williams. We could not match it to any known paintings and it appears unsigned as well.


06-09-2018NEW PICS

Apples and Silk

This has always been a difficult painting to photograph. RSW's use of light in the silk backdrop often produces an ambient glare when introduced to bright light needed to photograph... but we are getting closer to its natural look with this latest attempt.


06-08-2018NEW PICS

Portrait of a Shadow

FINALLY! We have been hoping to get some color image of this painting, a fav of RSW's, for some time. The image of this painting was discovered in a collection of KodaChome slides taken by RSW friend and amatuer photographer, Mr. F. Earl Williams.


06-07-2018NEW PICS

Evening Moon

It is so difficult to capture how striking some of RSW's work can be. Nothing can substitute seeing it in person and this painting is one of them, but we will keep trying to get the best picture we can until it comes close.


06-07-2018NEW PICS

In Old Boston, Chalk

One of RSW's most unique pieces of work, drawn during his stay in Boston in 1930. Our new pictures of this drawing now includes close up pics of the people on the street and the window planters high above the scene.


05-29-2018NEW ARTWORK

'Cello Song

A truly spectacular work by Woodward. This illumination features a woman playing the cello by an open door and heraldic device containing poetry. Both the artwork and verse done by RSW early in his career as a commercial artist.


05-25-2018NEW ARTWORK

October Parade #1

One of two chalk drawings with the same name, this piece features a stream of autumn red running through a line of trees. It immediately reminds one of a Chinese Parade Dragon of which we believe RSW derived the name.


05-23-2018NEW SKETCH

A Self Portrait

This is an extraordinary find! Woodward was known to have an adversion to doing portraits because he did not feel confident enough to paint them to his satisfaction. To learn that he had done a self-portrait when he was 13 years old simply shocked us.


05-22-2018NEW ARTWORK

Heath Pasture, Early May

A rare upright chalk drawing, this piece features a stunning sky above the Heath Pasture and Beech Tree in May. While May was a frequent subject of RSW's Beech Tree, this drawing is from an unusal perspective, not from the front of his studio but rather to the left of it.


05-18-2018NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed: Many Horizons

A really unique painting. An early, impasti-styled and impressionistic sunset featuring a sun, with astomospheric purplish-pink skies, and as many as 9 distinct horizons! Woodward signed it but a name could not be found. This is really a rare treat given RSW preferred the skies of the north and south.


05-17-2018NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed: Hill Sentry

Reminicent of RSW's Beech Tree, this piece has a tall elm standing alone overlooking a valley of hills. It is unnamed, unsigned and feels incomplete or unfinished but we are glad to add it to our catalogue. Even unfinished, it is wonderfully Woodward's distinct perspective.


05-15-2018REVISIONS

Unnamed: Old Boston, Chalk

We recently added a new page for the original chalk drawing RSW mentions in his painting diary from which he made both In Old Boston and The Oyster House: Boston Romance. He never names the chalk in his comments.


05-14-2018REVISIONS

Auction Page &
Through The Hills in May

Both of these pages have been revised as the result of the new information found in Unnamed: Across the Valley.


05-12-2018NEW PICS

Unnamed: Across the Valley

This painting recently came up for auction at Skinner Inc. and sold for $4,000. It is an early impressionistic piece of an ancient apple tree in bloom with hills in the distance but what is more remarkable was the sketch of what appears to be a version of Through The Hills in May


05-10-2018NEW PICS

Mount Haystack Over Sadawga

We have new hi-res images of this beautiful chalk drawing. We were also able to pinpoint a location from where we believe RSW drew it, with topographical maps.


05-08-2018NEW ARTWORK

Unnamed: Winter Woods

A new signed but unnamed Quintessential Redgate painting featuring an atmospheric deep wood moonlit blue hazed brook and signed using a red "W" instead of RSW's trademark "S".


05-07-2018NEW PICS

Between Setting Sun and Rising Moon

Going through a pile of loose documents, we came across a good-conditioned leaflet with an image of this painting on it and though still not great was better than the picture we have been using.


05-06-2018NEW PICS

The River Curve

We had the opportunity to take new pictures of this terrific painting of the Connecticut River from Putney, Vermont. We revised the page to include a Google Earth screen capture of the river curve today.


05-05-2018REVISED

Unnamed: From My Winter Shelf

It was recently discovered that a painting illustrated in an issue of McCall's Magazine (Dec. 1927) is this unnamed and unsigned painting found in 2017. The illustration was incorrectly attributed to the wife of RSW close friend and confidant Dr. Lawrence Lunt suggesting that the Lunt's may have been in possession of the painting at the time.


05-02-2018REVISED

Unnamed Gallery

The Unnamed Gallery has been completely revamped. No longer will we assign numbers to them. Instead, we have given them adopted temporary names using "Unnamed" as a prefix.


04-28-2018NEW FIND

The Hill Road

In an old archive we recently found a glossy black and white picture of a never before seen painting by the name "The" Hill Road. There is no relation to another painting by the same name so that painting will now be known as "A" Hill Road.


04-27-2018NEW NOTES

A Hill Road

Speaking of "A" Hill Road... when making the necessary revisions to the page noting "The" Hill Road, we realized that we can mark the spot where it was painted. Check out the Google Earth screen captures to see it has hardly changed in 70 years.


04-26-2018NEW PICS

August Horizon

Also found along with The Hill Road picture was a better, more detailed photograph of August Horizon! What is particularly spectacular is the magnificent sky painted by Woodward. We cannot wait for the day we get hold of a color image of this painting to see what colors he used.


04-25-2018NEW NOTES

Summer Valley

One of the newer features we have been adding to the artwork pages are topographical map graphics giving approximate vantage points of where RSW may have painted a particular painting. Well with Summer Valley we go a step further adding graphic AND a 1907 picture facing his location.


03-15-2018REVISED

Awards & Recognitions

This page was corrected. A mix up between awards given by the Concord Art Association in 1920 and 1927 has been corrected. Wood Interior won "First Prize" in 1920 and April at Keach`s Farm won an honorable mention in 1927.


03-06-2018NEW PICS

Down From Heath

As always we do our best to provide the best image available of RSW's artwork. Though still not ideal, the latest pics of this painting is the best available and now includes a hi-res image.


02-27-2018NEW PICS

From a May Pasture

As always we do our best to provide the best image available of RSW's artwork and this beautiful painting of the pasture behind the Keach Farm's twin barns is outstanding.


02-23-2018NEW FIND

Unnamed: Keach's Drama

Reminicant of New England Drama painted some 10 years after this recently discovered painting of the whole Keach Farm seemingly hanging from a hillside. It is the only example we have of the farm in its entirety.


02-18-2018NEW FIND

Unnamed: New England Memories

Another unique recently discovered painting of the Nilman House from a perspective unlike any other of the Nilman paintings. It shows the front of the house from what we believe is the shed.


02-17-2018NEW PICS

Through Winter Pines

The current owner of this painting recently contacted the website and provided access for us to photograph and we couldn't be more grateful and appreciative. Enjoy this wonderfully atmospheric painting painted from his sled.


02-15-2018REVISED

Through Winter Woods

In light of what we have learned about Through Winter Pines we have revised this page to correlate with the most recent discoveries.


02-13-2018NEW PAINTING

Unnamed: Into the Woods

A friend of the website and Woodward owner notified us that this painting was up for sale and sold at auction in New Jersey by Nye & Co. Auctioneers. It is a previously unknown painting, clearly signed by RSW, however, the auctioneers failed to list its name, if it has one.


02-11-2018REVISED

Auction Page

As a result of the sale of Unnamed: Into the Woods, we have updated the Auction Page to reflect the sale and its date and price ($7,500)


02-09-2018REVISED

Exhibition Page

Going through a pile of loose pages and documents we located 5 previously unknown exhibitions for which RSW displayed his work particularly in Los Angeles, CA and Charolette, NC. Those exhibitions have been added to the Exhibition Page


02-07-2018ADDED

Famous Owners Gallery

As we continue to sort through the provenance of RSW's paintings, his notes and papers, looking up various names and what have you... we continue to discover new owners of note. This Gallery has been updated to reflect the addition of 4 new occupants.


02-05-2018NEW PAGE

Comedian & Entertainer
Jack Benny

We have ALWAYS known that RSW painted for and sold a painting to Benny in 1939 for his brand new home in Beverly Hills. The deal was brokered through close RSW friend, former Hollywood set designer turned interior designer Harold Grieve.


02-03-2018NEW PAGE

Industrialist
George Dupont Pratt

Mr. Pratt bought New England Winter from an exhibition at the Deerfield Academy in June of 1932. A graduate of Amherst where he was a celebrated athlete, he went on to be part of the founding of the Amercian Boy Scouts of America among many other things...


01-31-2018NEW PAGE

Actress
Virginia Dwyer Gorman

A soap opera actress, she was best known for her role as matriarch Mary Matthews on Another World, a role she played from the series premiere in 1964 until her departure in 1975. In 1991, she donated her painting Contentment to the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.


01-28-2018NEW PAGE

Movie Producer
Bernard H. Hyman

In a 16 year career, Hyman produced as many as 25 films working with the likes of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, etc... and was part of bringing the original Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan to audiences in 1932 followed by two more in 1936 and 1939.


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