ROBERT WILLIAM WOOD (American, 1889-1979). After a Shower. Oil on canvas. 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm). Signed lower ...
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After a Shower
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
Signed lower left: Robert Wood
Artist's stamp and titled verso: "AFTER A SHOWER"
The son of a painter, Wood crisscrossed the United States after arriving from his native England in 1911. He first came to Texas in 1924, painting in store windows in Dallas, Houston, and Corpus Christi before settling in San Antonio. Wood studied with Jose Arpa and exhibited in the 1928 San Antonio Competitive. With loose brushwork, powerful color, and spontaneous compositions, Wood's paintings from around 1930 are his most Impressionist. In 1931, Wood moved to an area near Helotes Creek, northwest of San Antonio, where he settled into fairly formulaic Hill Country landscapes by 1940. However, After a Shower, retains some of the spontaneity and freshness of his earlier, more Impressionistic paintings.
Condition Report*:Canvas is slightly loose on stretcher; no evidence of inpaint when examined under UV. Framed Dimensions 31.5 X 36.5 Inches
Wood, Robert William:Robert William Wood is one of the most popular and reproduced American artists of the Twentieth Century. Born in England, Wood immigrated to the United States at the age of 19 where he soon became an itinerant painter, making his living doing casual work and selling or bartering his small paintings as he traveled throughout rural America. He settled for a time in San Antonio, Texas, concentrating on the Texas landscape as his primary subject matter, creating scenes that featured the beauty of the hill country around San Antonio and Austin. Wood soon developed a national reputation as a painter, especially after moving to Laguna Beach, California. In yet another move, to Woodstock, New York, Wood produced landscapes inspired by the passage of the seasons on the forests near his studio. A publishing agreement led to inexpensive reproductions of his work being made available to the public. October Morn and his other popular works quickly made him one of the most well-known painters in the U.S. His original paintings are still highly sought after by collectors, especially in Texas and California.
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