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Time Period:
Prior to 1921

The artist's first studio, Redgate.

Oil on Canvas


Woods, Trees

25 X 30

George Walter Vincent
Smith Art Museum,
Springfield, MA.



This painting was added to the art collection of the Springfield Museum in 1921.

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Early Moonlight

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Additional Notes

Springfield Union, date unknown, 1926:

"'Early Moonlight,' one of the smaller pictures at the local museum is another one of hiw wood interiors painted in winter with a beautiful effect of light filtering through the trees from a luminous sky."

Boston Globe Article

Springfield Union, date unknown, 1926 regarding RSW's first, breakout, One Man Show held at the home of Boston financier Ronald Lyman

Springfield Union, March 1921: by Ernest Newton Bagg in regard to Early Moonlight

"This canvas shows the edge of mystery in forest form, the blue-black trunks of multitudinous trees with ghostly patches of moonlit snow and glimpse of cold sky beyond treated in a remarkably effective way. This was the first time Mr. Woodward has exhibited here in Springfield. His pictures have already gained recognition in the Boston Art Club, the Worcester Museum, the National and Buffalo Academies, the Albright Gallery and the annual Carnegie exhibition. Last year he was the recipient of honors of the first class in the Concord exhibition and the year before he won the first Hallgarten prize of the National Academy. His work has, in all the accounts of these various exhibitions been characterized as showing an intimate grasp of the commoner phases of nature coupled with an unusual power of imparting to even sharply outlined features their full value of charm while still preserving absolute naturalness of color. Mr. Woodward, who is unfortunately handicapped by invalidism, is an indefatigable worker."

Purchased by George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA., March 1921. Came up for auction in 1985 at Skinner Inc. Auction but was not sold. Low estimate was $3,500. High estimate was $5,500. The painting was eventually sold by the museum and its whereabouts at this time are unknown