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October 18 through November 2

Boston Art Club Galleries
Boston, MA

Works exhibited: 2
1 - Oil
1 - Chalk


New England Artist


This appears to be the first year of this exhibit series brief history (1918 - 1928). It is also Woodward's first truly professional exhibition. Though a newcomer, he gets a mention in both The Boston Evening Transcript and the Boston Herald!

Article Quotes


"Robert S. Woodward's 'Hill Farm' (26) and 'Fall Fires' (24) are two interesting landscapes painted in the Berkshire hills. The Hill Farm is especially captivating in its uncompromising veracity, its portraiture of a novel and beautiful motive, with its foreground of ledges, farmyard, barns and farmhouse, perched on a slope which leads the eye down to a broad and sweet valley and the hills beyond it, diapered by cloud-shadows, and, as it were, sleeping in the sunshine."

BOSTON HERALD, OCTOBER 1918 (Day unknown)

"Pitching his tones in a somewhat less soprano mode, Robert S. Woodward, whose habitat would appear to be westrn Massachusetts, has a remarkably able mountain picture called the 'Hill Farm' panoramic without being grandiose. 'Fall Fires' is a little less striking, but equally pretty in subject and motive."

Promotional Items

Exhibition: Paintings by New England Artists, 1918
Sponser: Boston Art Club

Additional Notes

The Boston Art Club was first conceived in Boston in 1854 with the consolidation of efforts between local artists, including Benjamin Champney, Alfred Ordway, Samuel Lancaster Gerry and Walter Brackett. Their desire was to form a democratic organization where the European tradition of independent, master-artists would be replaced with cooperation in the promotion, sale and education of art. However, this exhibit series broke from those values by including "modern" artist with the traditional. See Below

A brief descrption of the origin and eventual demise of this event...

"The best description of this eventual conflict in the Club was written, again, by Nancy Jarzombek, 'In 1917 (Charles Hovey) Pepper became Director of the Exhibitions Committee, and he put his friends Charles Hopkinson and Harley Perkins on the committee. Together they proceeded to exhibit the work by traditional painters shoulder to shoulder with paintings by more modern artists. In the fall of 1918 Pepper initiated the New England Artists' Series, an annual exhibition of young, little-known but talented artists. Pepper's efforts were applauded by some of Boston's most important critics. The general public thought otherwise.... It couldn't last. In 1928 the Art Club fired the entire Exhibitions Committee. The embroglio involved even the Governor of Massachusetts, Alvan T. Fuller, who was a Member of the Art Club and who placed himself on the new Exhibition Committee.'"

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Source: Wikipedia- Boston Art Club

Boston Art Club Building
The original Boston Art Club building at 150 Prospect St. Boston, MA where the exhibit was held

Source: Wikipedia- Boston Art Club