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"Road by the Coast" Painting by Charles Herbert Woodbury


Oil on canvas Road by the Coast, Ogunquit Maine Signed lower left “Charles Herbert Wodbury” Canvas size: 9” x 13 1/8” Framed size: 13 ½” x 17 ½” Charles H. Woodbury was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, where his earliest work was part of the oeuvre of the group later known as the Lynn Beach Painters. While an undergraduate at MIT he became a regular exhibitor at, and at 19 the youngest member of, the Boston Art Club. After graduation from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, in 1886 Woodbury had great success painting up the New England coast and in the towns and beaches of Nova Scotia and exhibiting the results. From January to June 1891 he was a pupil of the Academy Julien in Paris, after which he went to Holland, where he studied the techniques of the modern Dutch painters. Upon his return to New England, he settled in Boston for his winter studio and spent his summers in the small fishing village of Ogunquit, Maine; there he founded one of the most successful of the summer art colony schools that even survived his death. He was one of the most sought after teachers of his generation, having begun teaching on a regular basis while a freshman at MIT. Ironically, he had little formal training himself other than a few months of classes at the Academy Julian in Paris. Like Winslow Homer, another New England painter with an affinity for summers in Maine, he preferred "to work out his salvation with little help from others in his profession.” Nevertheless, Woodbury maintained a close friendship with John Singer Sargent and a pleasant acquaintance with many of his contemporaries including J. Alden Weir and Childe Hassam. He was president of the Boston Water Color Club and became associate of the [National Academy of Design], New York in 1906 and a full member in 1907. He maintained a strong and consistent vision in his more than fifty years of professional life and become a master of compositions of the coast and sea. Woodbury’s many on-the-spot sketches and etchings produce a sense of motion through quick, sure-handed strokes. Seeing and understanding movement was fundamental to his art and teaching, and is reflected in his own maxim: “Paint in verbs, not nouns.” In the words of his son, David, Woodbury “… painted what he saw, satisfied that what he saw was really there, all in proper relationship, checked and rechecked by endless reference to the real world.” In his later years, he spent his winters in the Caribbean sailing from island to island painting watercolor studies of the beaches and town backed by dramatic mountains and clouds. Over a large part of his career, he made some the most expressive etchings of any American artist of his time, completing more than 500 plates and teaching many younger artists to express themselves in this medium. He died on January 21, 1940, in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Woodbury engaged in over 100 solo exhibitions throughout his career and was included in all of the major invitational and juried shows throughout the country. His work may be found currently in The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art among many others.      


  • Creator
    Charles Herbert Woodbury (Artist)
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  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 13.5 in. x W 17.5 in. x D 2 in.H 34.29 cm x W 44.45 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    Banner Elk, NC
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