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    ROBERT WILLIAM WOOD (American, 1889-1979)
    Country Road
    Oil on canvas
    26 x 39 inches (66.0 x 99.1 cm)
    Signed with artist's pseudonym lower left
    Artist's stamp verso on upper stretcher edge

    Robert William Wood was born at Sandgate, England in 1889. He served in the British
    Army before immigrating to the United States in 1911. After working initially as a farmhand
    in Illinois, he crossed the United States selling small paintings, working odd jobs, and riding
    the rails until arriving in Los Angeles in 1912. By the end of that year he was in Florida and
    married to Eyssel del Wagoner. The newlyweds settled in Ohio, but during World War I
    moved to Seattle.

    Wood first came to Texas in 1924. When his paintings were shown in store windows in Dallas,
    Houston, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio they drew crowds. After settling in San Antonio.
    Wood studied with Jose Arpa, who helped nurture the young artist's natural talent. Wood
    exhibited a painting in the 1928 San Antonio Competitive, signaling his arrival as a Texas
    artist. With loose brushwork, powerful color, and a casual quality, Wood's paintings from
    around 1930s are his most impressionistic. In 1931 after his mentor Arpa returned to Spain,
    Wood moved to an area near Helotes Creek, northwest of San Antonio. About this time he
    codified his Hill Country landscapes into a formula that served him well the remainder of his
    career. While based in San Antonio, Wood made sketching trips to Colorado, Wyoming, and
    California. However, Wood's most spontaneous, plein-air paintings were executed in Texas,
    and are those most highly prized by collectors.

    About 1941, Wood relocated to Laguna Beach, California, where an art colony had formed
    around 1900, and became recognized for his California coastal scenes. Wood moved again
    around 1948, this time to Woodstock, New York, which had been an artist's colony since
    the 1870s. Drawn to the fall colors of the Hudson River landscape, Wood's Woodstock
    canvases attracted the attention of calendar houses. Reproductions of his Woodstock-area
    paintings soon became readily available to the public. Wood returned to Laguna Beach
    in the early 1950s and remained a California resident for the rest of his life. Robert Wood
    remains one of the most widely reproduced American artists. The breadth of his subjects as
    he traveled from one end of the country to another, also helped make him one of the most
    popular American landscape painters.

    More information about ROBERT WILLIAM WOOD, also known as Wood, Robert William, Robert Wood, G. Day, Trebor, Robert William Wood.

    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas. Light surface dirt throughout. Light accretions in the upper center quadrant. Otherwise no apparent condition issues.
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    16th Saturday
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