Robert Wood (1889-1979) Floral hillside 24 x 36in

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Lot 144
Robert Wood
(1889-1979)
Floral hillside 24 x 36in

Sold for US$ 21,325 inc. premium
Robert Wood (1889-1979)
Floral hillside
signed 'Robert Wood' (lower right), titled (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
24 x 36in

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  • Provenance
    The artist.
    O'Brien's Art Emporium, Scottsdale, Arizona, acquired from the above.
    The Price Estate, Southern California, after 1958.

    Though English-born, Robert Wood is best-known today as an American painter of verdant Texas landscapes and California coastal scenes. Wood emigrated to America in 1910 and lived in several states for a decade before establishing himself in Texas Hill Country. The lush, rolling terrain filled with bluebonnets, red oaks, and other native flora greatly inspired him, and he exhibited these landscapes widely. His reputation for Texas Hill Country landscapes grew, receiving favorable comparison to that of the legendary Hill Country bluebonnet painter, Julian Onderdonk. The present work is a prime example of his Texas landscapes, illustrating Wood's skill with the mechanics of painting through design and Impressionistic brushwork. The viewer is led down a path in the foreground through a picturesque field of bluebonnets and met with a sweeping view of the valley beyond. The composition is perfectly balanced both vertically and horizontally, utilizing a 'grouped mass' in the midground to anchor the overall pictorial space. There is active brushwork in the foreground and broad, loose brushwork in the background which creates a 'tension and release' through the depth of field. The overall effect is one of grandeur, bringing all that is characteristic and beloved of this regional landscape into focus.
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