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Time Period:
Early summer of 1947.

Heath Pasture, MA

Oil on Canvas


Pastures, Landscapes & Views

27 x 30

Vose Galleries (Boston), 1949
Caution: There are two paintings with the same name. While not uncommon for Woodward to recycle names he liked, we have no idea which painting exhibited at the 1949 Vose Gallery in Boston.




There are two paintings with the same name. This painting has a painting diary entry where RSW clearly describes the scenery. The other is one of his beloved Beech Tree we titled Heights of Heath #2 in his tradition of doing the same. Still, we have no idea which painting came first.

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Featured Artwork: Heights of Heath #1

RSW's Diary Comments

"Painted from west window of Pasture House in the early summer of 1947. Flat, horizontal pasture stretches in low foreground, with very dark small, symmetrical pine in left center, silhouetted against the horizon band of distant blue mountains crowned by rounded Greylock. A dramatic tangled mass of summer clouds, broken by small patches of blue tubes up the upper 2/3 of the canvas."

Remarks on the Heath Cottage Windows:

Every studio/study Woodward designed himself made certain he had light and views from at least three directions. In the picture to the right, Woodward is on the eastern side of the pasture cottage. The structure is a bit askewed pointing slightly southest toward the Buckland Hills. Through the front window you can see the "west window" from which he painted this painting on the same side as the garage. There is also a "north window" on the rear of the cottage from which he painted a couple of paintings as well.

Additional Notes

There are just somethings we cannot explain. How Woodward writes a painting diary entry on this painting but fails to mention that there is another painting of a different subject with the same name [wsee image to the left].

There is one explanation but it does not answer the question to any satisfaction. This painting was made in 1947, about six/seven years after he began the diary. However, Woodward discovered the Burnt Hill pasture in Heath sometime in the late 1920s. He buys the land (160 acres) in 1938 and has a cottage/studio built that was completed in 1940. It is very possible Woodward made it years before he began the painting diary and did not recall having used the name prior. Also, for a decade (1931 to 1941) Woodward used the word "heights" in at least 12 known paintings, and probably a handful of paintings we do not know.

So can we conclude that the Heights of Heath #2 painting was made between those years? We could but there is another issue... when you get to know Woodward's work well enough you can almost date them by the brush style used and Heights of Heath #2 has the look and feel of a late 1940 painting. This changes our perspective a bit and now we look at after 1947, like the Vose exhibit in 1949. (continued on Heights of Heath #2)