Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted about 1932.

On mountain road between
Adamsville and North Heath
Colrain, Mass.

Oil on Canvas


Trees, Woods

30 X 36

Macbeth Galleries (NYC), 1932
Williston Academy, 1933
Northfield Seminary, 1933
Williams College, 1933

Mrs. George Bradford



The photo of this piece was sent to us in July this year (2010).

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Featured Artwork: The Golden Month

RSW's Diary Comments

"Painted about 1932. Old weather beaten maples in October on mountain road between Adamsville and North Heath. Owned by Mrs. George Bradford Clements of Norton, Massachusetts."

Comments in a notebook by RSW:

"Sold October 30, 1933 to Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Clements, Norton, Mass. for $400."

Editor's Note:

Can anyone else see the "Golden Spiral" design of this painting? The Golden Spiral is based on the golden ratio that determines symmetry. Aesthetically, it is a beauty standard. Woodward loved to name his paintings poetically in a marriage of opposites, usually combining the literal and the figurative and so we believe their is more to "Golden' being in the name than its coloring. See the Golden Spiral Composition to this painting HERE. And for more on the notion of beauty see the next section below for more.

Additional Notes

The above photograph and the high resolution photo were provided courtesy of the current owner.

We offer our many thanks and appreciation.

Editor's Note:

From a May Hill
Heights of Heath#2   One of the best
examples showing the split in the Beech Tree in
Heath. The lightning hit the other side of the tree.

We cannot NOT say something about the subject of this painting. This broken yet thriving tree is in many ways a commentary by the artist. One is that beauty can also be seen in what is deem unattractive or unpleasant, as well as the inspiring principles of overcoming tragedy- life finds a way. Can anyone suggest this painting is not lovely and beautiful?

The Beech Tree on Burnt Hill in Heath (MA) is another example of Woodward's study of this subject. In fact, it is believed by us that the Beech Tree is a symbolic self portrait of the man. How he sees himself, his life. The solitary, exposed, wind blown, ancient tree, surround by unforgiving rock-ledge, was once also struck by lightning and split in the middle (like the gun accident that left him paralyzed) thrives despite it all. It stands proudly in the face of all the elements appearing like someone with their arms raised above their head in a "V" for victory. It is transcendent scene.

From a May Hill
From a May Hill   There is another broken tree to
the left of this one shown in Double Victory and
Where Four Stone Walls Used To Meet

Also on the same pasture, just to the north of the beech tree is another same tree, actually two of them, broken in half, yet still producing leaves and showing signs of life seen in the picture to the left. Is this ugly? You tell us. Should these things not be painted because they are not perfect?

There is also the "man-made" stonewall in The Golden Month that has partially collapsed over time. The stonewall also seems to hold an importance to Woodward because four of them appear in the painting Where Four Stone Walls Used To Meet. The stonewalls are what was made with the stones early settlers had to clear from the fields before they could plant their crops. What does it say that some of those walls are falling apart or disappearing? The walls embody, in a lot of ways, the tell-tail signs of time both figuratively and literally in linear form.