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.

SPAULDING EXHIBITION

April 2 to July 2

Once again, Woodward will be featured on the second floor Outpatient Facility of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. The patients find RSW's life and subsequent work an inspiration as they seek treatment.

SOUTHWICK TRIBUTE!

Local craftsman, Arnold Purinton, brother of website founder Dr. Mark Purinton, has created his most ambitious miniature project to date of the Southwick Home and Studio which is now on display at the People's United Bank on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls.

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: June Sun

June Sun, a painting by Robert Strong Woodward. The June 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

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.


12-07-2017FINISHED

Southwick Studio
Then & Now

The second page of our comprehensive look at the Southwick Place from RSW's time to today. This page focuses solely on the studio itself and features an excerpt from an article published in American Artist Magazine by Ernest W. Watson and his visit to the studio just 10 months before RSW's death.


12-05-2017NEW PICS

The Green Bottle and the Barn

New pictures of this wonderful painting have now been uploaded! Be sure to check out the large hi-res image, it is stunning!


12-04-2017ADDED

New England Drama

We climbed a steep hill to capture this remarkable New England house and farm today from a vantage point close to the original painting.


12-03-2017NEW PAGE

Colton's Radiogram
Transcript

In 1934 Woodward friend and head of the Colton Elastic Web Company Clifford Richmond sponsored a monthly radio program. Just after RSW's Hiram Woodward fire Richmond used his program to tell the tail of RSW's perseverance.


12-02-2017NEW PAGE

RSW's Style: by Henry Haff

In 1970, the Deerfield Academy's American Studies Group published an illustrated catalogue featuring RSW, his life and work. In the catalogue, Deerfield student, Henry Haff, '71, wrote a compelling essay on RSW's style worthy of its own page. ENJOY!


11-30-2017REVISED

Across the Winter River

It was recently discovered that this piece was left out of the new Purinton Hill Gallery. Furthermore, we were able to locate the approximate spot where RSW painted it and added to the page a topographic map pointing it out.


11-28-2017NEW PICS

A Quiet Village

We already had pretty good pictures of this wonderful chalk but when we had the opportunity to get a better picture, we do it. This drawing is quite remarkable. It is an excellent example of RSW's unique style. It also contains the MOST number of items favored by him and is included 5 theme galleries on the website.


11-26-2017NEW PICS

From a Mountain Farm

The Smithsonian Museum has recently revamped its entire website! And with that, they have updated the quality of their images which includes this sepia image of the painting.


11-24-2017NEW CHALK

Haystack From Wilmington

This chalk was recently located and is privately owned. We are hoping for better pictures, but for the time being we are thrilled to it return to the fold! There was a recently discovered Unfinished chalk of Haystack Mountain in Vermont but this piece is the only known completed one.


11-22-2017NEW CHALK

Along the Shaded Road

Recently located is this wonderful chalk which happens to look a lot like the road from which another Unfinished oil was done. The owner believes it is of Oxbow Road in Heath (MA) but if east or west is not known. None the less, it is terrific!


11-03-2017    FOUND: 17 Unfinished works of art in an old shipping crate , in an attic.

UNNAMED GALLERY

Unfinished Chalks & Oils

We added the Unfinished artwork to the bottom of Unnamed Gallery because technically, they are unnamed. It is unclear to us as to why RSW did not compete these pieces, whether it was time or dissatisfaction with the composition.


ROW 1

Unfinished #1

First Church of Deerfield

Unfinished #2

First Church of Deerfield, Profile

Unfinished #3

The Modest Church

Unfinished #4

Beech Tree

Unfinished #5

Tree and Stone Wall


ROWS 2 & 3

Unfinished #6

A Country Path

Unfinished #7

South Over the Valley

Unfinished #8

Halifax House Elm

Unfinished #9

House in Halifax

Unfinished #10

The Little Window

Unfinished #11

Mount Equinox


SKETCHBOOK GALLERY

Sketchbook

6 of the "Unfinished" pieces were nothing more than a sketch with just a hint or touch of chalk and as such we felt it best to include those pieces in the Sketchbook. To the right are the items. If the work is related to a known piece it was named as such and the two pieces were unique and give a number.


SKETCHES

Unfinished Chalk

Fulfillment

Unfinished Chalk

Halifax House

Unfinished Chalk

Little Sugar House

Unfinished Chalk

Under Purinton Hill

Sketchbook #64

The Little Window

Sketchbook #65

Mount Equinox


updates continued...