Quick Reference

Time Period:
1940

Location:
Heath Pasture

Medium:
Chalk Drawing

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Pastures, Trees

Size:
22 x 29

Exhibited:
Unknown

Purchased:
Unknown

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

This chalk is an unusual "Heath" painting. Undoubtably symbolic to Woodward in both context and name.

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Featured Artwork: Double Victory

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RSW's Diary Comments

Additional Notes

A photograph of the Double Victory trees
A photograph of the Double Victory trees

This chalk is an unusual "Heath" painting. Undoubtably symbolic to Woodward in both context and name with the two broken trees going on with life and living. It is one of the more literal representations of a re-occuring commentary in most of his work - a second life and rebirth.


To the right is a photograph found in RSW's personal items. It is labeled, "Photograph by, H.R. Ashworth, Shelburne Falls, Mass." We do not know if Ashworth took the picture. We think it was more likely he developed the film for Woodward. Ashworth was the photographer of choice for many of his sepia prints of his paintings.

The importance of these damaged trees found in the Heath pasture is similar to that of the Beech Tree itself. Living in a harsh environment, a rocky unforgivable ledge, exposed to the elements... wind swept and split in the middle. The double trees were probably broken in a storm. The image is emblematic of RSW's own experience, in that, life goes on even after you are broken. But what is not suggested here in this image is that Woodward loved life. Many people mistakenly see this and assume that it is from a place of sadness. It is not. It is a resounding and affirmative symbol of triumph.