STANLEY WOODWARD (1890 – 1970)
Stanley Woodward, recognized as one of America’s outstanding marine painters, was born in Malden, Massachusetts and died in Rockport. He studied at the Eric Pape School, the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibited at many museums throughout the country including the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Louis Art Museum, Detroit Art Museum, as well as in exhibitions of the national artists’ organizations of which he was a leading member.
His work is represented in permanent collections throughout the country- Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Fort Worth Art Museum; Walker Art Gallery; Bowdoin College; Amherst College; Holyoke Art Museum; and many other important art institutions, as well as in many private collections. His awards are too numerous to mention.
Mr. Woodward taught at the Ringling Art School, the Laguna Beach School of Art and Design, and the University of North Carolina among others. He also conducted outdoor classes at Ogunquit, Maine and at Rockport and had his own “Woodward Outdoor painting School” in the 1930’s.
Mr. Woodward was well recognized for his marines and landscapes. He was the author of, “Adventures in Marine Painting” (1948), and “Marine Painting in Oil and Watercolor” (1961).
The painting, “Moonlight on Pebble Beach” 22″ x 27″, shown in exhibition, is a brilliant marine scene showing a glance at the shimmering moon over the sea and shoreline. The painting reveals that there is much more color here than in most night paintings. From the moment the moon first rises above the ocean as a reddish orange disk the moon changes color. As the moon ascends upward it soon become wholly orange, then more slowly the orange turns to a golden yellow and hours later to a pale yellow and then finally the moon shows cold and silver white directly over head. So each color phase of the moon’s climb heavenward presents a different set of conditions for the painter to work with.
In, “Dancing Waters” 24″ x 36″, the moon is clearly indicated in the yellow period; in what might be called the supporting cast of colors, There can be observed the various shades of blue, green, violet and red- in fact almost the entire spectrum. It can be noted that these observations are confined only to the Eastern Seaboard in North America. The painting is of the ocean and rocks located on Bass Rocks, Gloucester. The painting was loaned at the request of Jordan Marsh Company for Jordan’s big exhibition of American painters in 1948.