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Time Period:
Painted in 1934.

Pasture of the Keach farm
Charlemont Road, Buckland, Mass.

Oil on Canvas


Pastures, Farms

30 X 36

"generally exhibited"

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Lowell



"One of the finest of my paintings, to my mind..." RSW

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Featured Artwork: From a May Pasture

RSW's Diary Comments

“Painted in 1934. Painted from Keach’s pasture of their twin barns, the last spring before my fire, for Mr. Bowlen of Roger, Bowlen and Lunt, at his request, but he died just as the canvas was finished and to everyone’s surprise his widow and family refused to honor the order. One of the finest of my paintings, to my mind; was generally exhibited and illustrated and finally bought by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Lowell of 64 Mt. Vernon St., Boston---from my exhibition at the Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass. "$600 less 25%= $450"

Comments on the back of a sepia print:

"Fine, solid modeling of foreground, so you feel and sense the rocky earth."

"This is the painting I made in May, by the direct request of Mr. William Bowlen of Holyoke, who suddenly died while it was still fresh on the easel before he ever saw it. It has been hoped, up to just within a day or two, that his widow, Mrs. Bowlen, would still purchase it. She admires it, with great intensity---but last Saturday, to my deepest disappointment, she came to the studio returning the painting. (She had asked to have it come to her home from Easthampton,) saying that until the estate was settled, she dared not spend the $750---although that was the price that Mr. Bowlen had agreed to pay for it. It is unquestionably one of the finest pieces of painting I have done. The photograph looks rather dull and heavy, whereas it's subtle with delicate spring yellows, and pinks and early green, with a lucid brilliant sky and one of the finest modeled foregrounds I ever painted. One feels the rocks and construct of the earth elements under the thin new pasture grass. Sometime I hope you see this in the original. It is 30 x 36."

Additional Notes

This painting is also listed in some articles as From a May Morning and also as In a Pasture and From a Pasture.

Comments in a notebook by RSW:

"Sent by R. R. Express, in one crate, From a May Pasture thru J.W. McBrine, packer, 162 Newbury Street, to go to the Jordan Marsh Company for their Annual Art Week Exhibition, held at their Department Store. Paintings there are insured during exhibition. The exhibition is supposed to be for one week from April 7th to 13th but every year, so far, they have kept the show over for two full weeks."

"June 19, 1935. A crate was sent to Newport Rhode Island to enter an exhibition held by the Art Association of Newport, 76 Bellevue Ave. From a May Pasture 30 x 36 (Exhibition July 13th to August 3rd."

From a May Pasture
This close up picture and the picture above was provided courtesy of the current owner.
Our appreciation cannot be expressed enough for their gracious contribution.

Below is a clipping from an old newspaper artilce of this oil painting, the sepia photograph taken by Herburt Ashworth shortly after it was painted.

From a May Pasture Article
Clipping from the Boston Herald, August 26, 1934