J.T. Harwood: The Ione Years (1927-1940)

September 10, 2011 - July 30, 2012

 



 


Object labels from the exhibition

 

JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Red Boats of Spain, 1928
etching, 11 _" x 16 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Marble from Italy, 1928
etching, 17" x 13 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Marble From Italy, 1928
oil on canvas, 29 1/8" x 20 1/8"
Courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
 
While Harwood was in Paris during the summer of 1928, he wrote to Ione, "how happy I know you will be to know what was said today about my work and especially the last one, by a man who knows my work is full of happiness and the last one the best of all just radiates light and happiness. Do you understand Sweetheart it is you that is penetrating my work. Ruth [daughter, who was traveling with him at the time] is very pleased with my results and has expressed herself acknowledging your great influence over me and the great good it is and should continue..."
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Portrait of Ione Godwin, With Book, 1928
oil on canvas, 25" x 19 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
Frances Ione Godwin was born April 12, 1907 in Chicago. Her family was living in California at the time Ione was attending the University of Utah. She was studying literature and working in the University library while she and James were courting. They kept their relationship secret from their respective families for over a year and a half and it wasn't until the following year that they married, on June 1, 1929. She often wrote poetry, and would correlate them to his paintings. After James' death in 1940, Ione remarried, but her devotion to her 'Dreamer' was evident in her obituary from 2003, which gave her name as Ione Godwin Harwood, and her occupation as a librarian. This painting, executed while they were courting, depicts Ione holding a book, glancing out at James adoringly.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Children Playing in the Field, France (La Prairie Verte), 1929
oil on canvas, 23 _" x 30"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Vesper Jewels, 1928
oil on canvas, 6" x 14"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
In a letter dated February 25th, 1928, James writes, "Dearest, there is another little picture incubating from those steps looking west and the thousands of little open [?] stars but I must see it again to get the position of things and it will be for you: and someday you will write verses of us for me....I am so glad you can read in the little painting what I strove to put in it and the one that is on the way you will love I am sure. It will be very different to either....I want to think of you always as a heavenly star that I am reaching for but you always elude my grasp.I had been to our steps to make the sketch and the first stormy day that I cannot work in the garden I will paint another little Dream picture for you. I have it all outlined on a little canvas....Yours, James"
 
Ione replied the next day, "I wish I could tell you how much I appreciate the painting. It is full of the life and spirit you intended to put in it, and I find peace and strength from looking at it. How marvelous to get so much in so small a space. I will tell you of what I think in particular when I see you... My heart is full of love for you Sweet Dreamer. LE"
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Beneath the Stars, 1928
oil on canvas, 9" x 17"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This work was painted especially for Ione. The date on the back is March 28, 1928. In a letter to Ione, JT writes, "Darling you remember I told you I had painted that scene some twenty years ago. I got it out to day and an inspiration came to me. I shall paint it as we saw it from the steps we sanctified and it will be for you and I want you to write it for me. I have already made the start and hope to have it finished for you to see when you come here. It will be 9 x 18 inches easy for you to hide away in your trunk. Lets have it for your birthday. I shall give you the other you want for a gift when my birthday comes. Do you know Ione Dearest, your beautiful eyes look into mine constantly...Darling One I build such castles all the time with you ruling there with me...
 
In July, Ione wrote the following poem to JT, who was in Paris at the time:
 
White Stars
 
Oh! Let us keep our love
As pure and as white
As the stars above.
 
As cold as they are high?
 
Ah no, -- but stars are not
Cold white. Pure and deep,
Above they glow -- white hot.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Glow O' the Sun, Pont Neuf, Paris, 1929
oil on canvas, 18 _" x 15"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This painting depicts the Pont Neuf in Paris in the late afternoon 'golden hour'. The LAE motif is on the bottom right of center.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
The Red Boat of Spain, 1929
oil on canvas, 19 7/8" x 30 1/8"
Courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Jordan Way, 1929
oil on canvas, 19" x 29 _"
Courtesy of the Cache County School District
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Old Olive Mill, 1929
oil on canvas board, 29 _" x 23"
Courtesy of the Cache County School District
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
After the Rain, Nice, 1930
oil on canvas, 11 _" x 9 1/8"
Collection of Richard Hilligas
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Footsteps in Spring, Liberty Park, 1930
oil on canvas, 26" x 40"
Springville Museum of Art collection, 1984.039
Gift from Blaine P. and Louise Clyde
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Fountain Medici, Paris, 1930
oil on canvas, 38 _" x 31 _"
Springville Museum of Art collection, 2009.012
Gift from James Vern Harwood
 
The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris dates to the early 17th century, when Marie de Medici built her palace along the Left Bank of the Seine River. The Fountain was part of the gardens built for her. It fell into disrepair and was moved and refurbished during the 1860s. The statuary portion that Harwood paints was sculpted by Auguste Ottin, and depicts the giant Polyphemus, in bronze, looking down on the lovers Acis and Galatea, sculpted in white marble below. The story comes from Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which Acis is the spirit of the Acis River in Sicily and beloved of the sea-nymph Galatea. She returns his love, but a jealous suitor, the giant Polyphemus kills Acis with a boulder. Galatea then turned his blood into the river Acis.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Rustic Bridge, Liberty Park, 1931
etching, 10 _" x 7 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Two-Wheeled Cart in the Forest, 1931
oil on canvas, 29 _" x 24 _"
Courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Pyramid Poplars, 1931
oil on canvas board, 23 _" x 16 _"
Courtesy of the Cache County School District
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Seasons: Winter, 1933
oil on board, 17 _" x 11 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This painting, along with its sister painting Seasons: Spring (shown here to the right), was part of a series of Seasons that Harwood painted for his daughter June in 1933. The LAE motif is left of center.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Poplars in Spring, 1932
oil on board, 20" x 14"
Springville Museum of Art collection, 2008.072
Gift from James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Seasons: Spring, 1933
oil on board, 17 _" x 11 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
The sister painting to Seasons: Winter, this was painted for the artist's daughter June. Here, the LAE motif is toward the left edge of the painting in the pink tree.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
My Garden Utensils (My Yard in Utah), 1933
oil on canvas, 25" x 29 _"
Springville Museum of Art collection, 2009.014
Gift from James Vern Harwood
 
This is a painting of the Harwood's Lake Street home in Salt Lake City. In contrast to the preliminary drawing (shown in the gallery to the left), here Harwood inserts himself into the picture. The painting serenely depicts a beautiful garden, full of color and life. The LAE motif here is in the right bottom corner.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
My Daughter Lark, 1933
oil on canvas, 16" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a portrait of Lark, who was the oldest child of J.T. and Ione, and was born in 1932. Harwood wrote in his journal in 1934 that "Lark Harwood was born of us and I am on a second lease of life. Have done some of my greatest work since with happy marriage."
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Terraces of Gold, 1936
oil on canvas, 34" x 40"
Courtesy of Provo School District
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Portrait of My Wife, Ione, 1937
oil on board, 17" x 14"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Portrait of Jim-Vern Harwood, 1937
oil on board, 13 _" x 10"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a portrait of the youngest son of J.T. and Ione. He was born in 1935, so would have been about 18 months old in this painting.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Lark with Book, 1937
oil on canvas, 19" x 14"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Sailboats and Rowboat, 1938
oil on canvas, 40" x 32"
Springville Museum of Art collection, 2008.070
Gift from James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Sailboats and Rowboat, 1938
watercolor, 15 3/8" x 11 3/8"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Lakeside Village, 1938
watercolor, 11 3/8" x 17"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Farmer at the Wall, 1938
watercolor, 17" x 11 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Spring Blossoms (Ione, Lark & Jim in Orchard, Southern France), 1939
oil on canvas, 24" x 30"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Blossoms ­ Sunshine (Almond Trees in Bloom, Southern France), 1939
oil on canvas, 24" x 30"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This painting is a companion painting to Spring Blossoms. Both were painted in 1939 while the family was living in Southern France. Here the sunlight is emphasized as it warmly shines down on the beautiful trees in blossom. The LAE motif is in the heart of the center focal tree.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Chioggia Boats, Italy, 1939
watercolor, 10" x 14 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a preliminary watercolor for the larger oil painting to the right.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Boats of Chioggia, Italy, 1939
oil on canvas, 32 _" x 38 _"
Springville Museum of Art Collection, 2008.071
Gift from James Vern Harwood
 
The coastal town of Chioggia (pronounced 'key-O-ja') is located on an island near the southern entrance of the Lagoon of Venice. Fishing has traditionally been a predominant livelihood, hence the numerous boat scenes that Harwood produced around the city.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Vintage of Northern Italy, 1939
oil on canvas, 33" x 39"
Courtesy of the Utah Arts Council
 
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Blue Shadows, 1939
oil on canvas, 31 _" x 38"
Springville Museum of Art collection, 2009.013
Gift from James Vern Harwood
 
This is a painting of a 2 story farmhouse in Southern France. It was painted from a sketch (also in this exhibition) as well as photographs. The LAE motif is in the lower right corner, but it is larger than he usually painted it.
 
 
 
LEE GREENE RICHARDS
(1878-1950) Salt Lake City
 
Portrait of JT Harwood, 1940
oil on canvas, 16 _" x 13 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This painting was commissioned of artist Lee Greene Richards by Ione. It was painted from a photograph, but captures the spirit of J.T. Harwood, even though he was 80 years old at the time.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Sirmione, Lago di Garda, 1938
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Spring Catkins, 1933
oil on canvas, 12" x 18"
Collection of William P. Madsen
 
A catkin is a small cluster of flowers that appears on trees in the spring (think birch or willow trees) with inconspicuous or no petals. Harwood depicts the trees in the middle ground full of these catkins. The LAE motif is found in the center left side of the painting.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Summer Reflections, 1933
oil on canvas, 12" x 18"
Collection of William P. Madsen
 
This painting, along with the other three seen here (Spring Catkins, Tapestry of Autumn, and Winter Singers), was painted for Harwood's son Heber James, the youngest son from his first marriage to Harriet (Hattie) Richards. Here the LAE motif is on the lower left side, but it is mostly hidden by the frame.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Tapestry of Autumn, 1933
oil on canvas, 12" x 18"
Collection of William P. Madsen
 
The title of the painting gives nearly as much visual imagery as the painting itself. Painted for his son Heber James (who was by this time nearly 30 years old), this series of paintings is a beautiful play of light and color throughout the year. The LAE motif is found in the lower left-hand corner.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Winter Singers, 1933
oil on canvas, 12" x 18"
Collection of William P. Madsen
 
Even in this painting, the title enhances the imagery that Harwood was trying to evoke. The LAE motif can be found on the center left side of the painting.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Olive Mill, 1937
colored pencil, 10" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
S.L.C., n.d.
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
St. Tropez Harbor, 1927
colored pencil, 9" x 11 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Dance of the Nectarines, n.d.
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a drawing done of a group of flowering fruit trees in the village of Antibes in Southern France. Although it is not dated, it was most likely done in the spring of 1939.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Barn, Holiday, n.d.
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Spring Blossoms, 1939
colored pencil, 10" x 13 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Holiday, 1939
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Ollioules, 1939
colored pencil, 10" x 13"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This drawing was dedicated to Ione in honor of her 22nd birthday.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Blossoms - Sunshine, 1939
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a sketch for the oil painting by the same name. However, unlike the painting, there are no figures in the sketch.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Old Walls and Gardens, Lago di Garda, 1937
colored pencil, 10" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a sketch for the oil painting Vintage of Northern Italy, also seen in this exhibition.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Maderno, Lago di Garda, 1938
colored pencil, 12 _" x 10"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Trees in Bloom, 1939
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
My Garden, S.L.C., 1931
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a sketch for the oil painting My Garden in Utah, although the oil is dated 2 years later and includes the artist himself.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
M. C. [Mill Creek], n.d.
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Fishing Boats of Chioggia, 1938
colored pencil, 10" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is the scene of the magnificent oil painting Boats of Chioggia, as well as the watercolor, both done in 1939. It is thought that this drawing (together with a photograph) was probably used to create both works later in the artist's studio.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Across the Canal, Chioggia, 1938
colored pencil, 10" x 13"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Sirmione, Lago di Garda, 1938
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
M.C. [Mill Creek], 1933
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Autumn of Italy, 1937
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
untitled, n.d.
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a waterfront scene thought to be at Salo, Lago di Garda, in Italy, by comparing it to other drawings labeled as such.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Biot, 1930
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
Biot is a small village on the Cote d'Azur in Provence.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
untitled, n.d.
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is a drawing of the artist's daughter Lark in the side yard of their Lake Street home in Salt Lake City. Since she appears to be about 5 years old, it can reasonably be assumed that this was sketched in 1937.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Sketch for Portrait - Ione, 1928
oil on canvas, 11 _" x 8 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
This is an oil sketch for the larger portrait of Ione, done when they were courting, before they were married.
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
S.L.C., 1931
colored pencil, 12 _" x 9 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Holiday, 1931
colored pencil, 9 _" x 12 _"
Collection of James Vern Harwood
 
 
 
JAMES TAYLOR HARWOOD
(1860-1940) Lehi/Salt Lake City
 
Creeping Shadows: Yachts at Rest, 1940
oil on panel, 13 _"x 19 _"
Springville Museum of Art Collection, 2011.051
Gift from J. Richard Campbell in honor of his mother Jeanette Godwin Campbell
 
This painting depicts Newport Harbor from Balboa Island, where Harwood and his family sojourned in the winter of 1939-40 after their return from Europe. The scene is captured from their balcony overlooking the water as day comes to a close and the shadows begin stretching over the landscape. The LAE motif is in the lower left corner, showing Harwood's undying love for Ione, even throughout the very last year of his life.

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