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ARCADIA: The Clyde’s Murals by William Woodward

November 9-December 15, 2019

William Woodward, Arcadia (Panel Two detail), 1980

William Woodward, Arcadia (Panel Two detail), 1980. Oil on linen mounted to panels, 5 x 72 ft. Courtesy of Katherine Neville.

William Woodward, Arcadia (Panel Three detail), 1980.

William Woodward, Arcadia (Panel Three detail), 1980. Oil on linen mounted to panels, 5 x 72 ft. Courtesy of Katherine Neville.

William Woodward, Arcadia (Panel Four detail), 1980.

William Woodward, Arcadia (Panel Four detail), 1980. Oil on linen mounted to panels, 5 x 72 ft. Courtesy of Katherine Neville.

“Woodward’s paintings have impressive depth and richness,” Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post (2019)

William Woodward’s vibrant, 72-foot mural, Arcadia (1980), evokes a landscape of pure painterly invention, a lost world that has inspired poets, artists, and musicians since antiquity. 

These 11 impressive panels—with scenes influenced by artists from Poussin to N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle—these magical forests, naked nymphs and frolicking fauns, satyrs, centaurs, and mystical seashores with mermaids, pirates, and treasure ships—became a success de scandale when they were first unveiled at the now legendary Clyde’s Restaurant of Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.

Clydes of Tyson Corner