Quick Reference

Time Period:
Painted 1942 or 1943.

Location:
Heath, MA

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Beech Tree

Size:
25 X 30

Exhibited:
Unknown

Purchased:
Unknown

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

One of my most unusual and successful paintings... A most popular canvas!RSW

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Featured Artwork: Invitation

Invitation
Invitation has a sister. The image above is of Open Doors painted in 1948 or 1949.
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RSW's Diary Comments

“Painted 1942 or 1943. One of my most unusual and successful paintings. The Heath Beech and view framed by the open garage doors of the Heath Pasture House, brilliant sun and framing shadow, falling on the garage floor, a corner of the house itself showing out the doors at the left. A most popular canvas! Sold, (I do not know to whom) by the Grand Central Art Galleries of N. Y. in about 1943, (possibly 1942).”


Additional Notes

The New York Times, Sunday, March 8, 1942

"There are the serene New England landscapes by Robert Strong Woodward, among which stands out the Invitation with its vista of fields bathed in light and seen from within a dark enclosure."


An almost identical painting, named Open Doors was made in 1948 or 1949, purchased by Mr. Clifford A. Richmond and presented to the Easthampton Public Library in 1951.


This painting (Invitation) was last known to hang in the Judge Baker Guidance Center, 295 Longwood Av., Boston, in the office of the director.


Invitation Letter