American (Massachusetts & Maine) 1864-1940 





Oil on Canvas

Signed and dated l.l. Woodbury 1901


Museums (17):  including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts,
Rhode Island School of Design-Museum of Art,
Chrysler Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Art
Author: The Art of Seeing (1925), and Painting and the Personal Equation (1922).

Books (56) : including Vose Galleries, Charles H Woodbury and Marcia Oakes Woodbury

Periodicals: American Art Review, 1999, April; Magazine Antiques, 1998 November,

American Art Review, 1998, August, Charles H Woodbury & His Students



Charles Herbert Woodbury is recognized as one of the finest marine painters of the 20th century. 

He chose to live and work near the water, in Ogunquit, Maine. 

There, in 1898, he founded the Ogunquit School, and became one of the most 

influential teachers of his time, training over 4000 students - many of whom were already important painters. 

He taught there until his death in 1940, and

was singly responsible for the making Ogunquit a preeminent summer art colony. 

He also taught at Wellesley College, Dartmouth College, and The Art Institute of Chicago. 


Woodbury had over 100 solo exhibitions in his lifetime, in addition to invitational and juried shows. 

Memorial exhibitions have continued, including the 1988 M.I.T. monumental Woodbury exhibition titled

Earth, Sea and Sky that traveled to museums through 1993. 

He is represented in many major museums throughout America.


In his sea paintings, you see not only transparent liquidity of water,

but the motion that he held so very important. 

He told his students to paint in verbs, not nouns :

"Don't just paint it, paint it doing something."

This is evident in “New England Coast With Boats".  

The long, smooth directional brush strokes, simply applied, give not only transparency 

but rolling motion to the water, and moisture to the sand -

contrasted with the lively short strokes of the colored boats, in the grayness of a New England day.


Image size: 17” High x 21” Wide


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WOODBURY, Charles Herbert (1864-1940)

Birth place: Lynn, MA

Death place: Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA

Addresses: Boston, MA, 1887-97/Ogunquit, ME

Profession: Marine painter, etcher, teacher, writer

Studied: Cobbett School, 1875-77; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1882-86 (an engineering major,

he was largely self-taught, but took informal watercolor class with Ross S. Turner;

Académie Julian, Paris, with Boulanger and Lefebvre, 1890-91)


Exhibited: Lynn Art Exhibition, 1880 (2nd prize); Boston Arts Club, 1882, 1884 (prize), 1895 (prize);

J. Eastman Chase Gallery, Boston, 1887 (first solo; sold out show);

National Academy of Design, 1887-97,1932 (prize, 1932); 1888 (solo), 1891 and 1896

(both joint exhibitions with wife Marcia);

Klackner Gallery 1889 (etchings); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Annual, 1890-1938; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1924 (gold);

New Salon, Paris, 1891 (etching) Salons of the Société

Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1891; Art Institute of Chicago, 1892-1939;

Paris Salon, 1894 (painting); Atlanta Expo, 1895 (gold);

Tennessee Centennial, Nashville, 1897 (prize); Mechanics' Fair, Boston (medals);

Paris Expo, 1900 (med); Pan-American Expo, Buffalo,

1901 (med); Worcester Museum of Art, 1903 (prize), 1907 (prize); St. Louis Expo, 1904 (med);

Carnegie Institute, 1905 (prize); Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1907-37 (15 times; including silver medal, 1914);

Buenos Aires Expo, 1910 (medal); American Watercolor Society, 1911 (prize);

W.A. Clark Prize, 1914; Pan.-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915 (medals); Brooklyn, 1931 (prize); Society of

American Etchers, 1933 (prize); Vose Gallery, Boston, 1978, 1980; Charles H. Woodbury and His Students,"

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 1998"


Member: Boston Art Club, 1884 (became the Club's youngest member at the age of 17);

Society of American Artists, 1899; Associate National Academy of Design, 1906;

National Academy 1907; Boston Society Watercolor Painters; NY Watercolor Club;

Boston Gallery Art; Ogunquit Art Assn.


Work: Boston Museum of Fine Art; Addison Gallery of American Art; Art Institute of Chicago;

Berkshire Athenaeum; Boston Public Library; Carnegie Institute; St. Louis Art Museum;

Corcoran Gallery of Art; Danforth Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Art;

Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard; Gardner Museum, Boston;

Herron Art Institute; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Museum of Modern Art; Carnegie Institute;

Rhode Island School of Design; Utah Collection; Telfair Academy, Savannah;

Worcester Museum of Art; Colby College; Ogunquit Museum American Art; Portland (ME) Museum of Art ;

San Francisco Museum of Art; Peabody Museum, Salem; Wellesley College;

Adler Planetarium & Astronomical Museum, Chicago

(six paintings made in Ogunquit showing the solar eclipse of Aug. 31, 1932)


Comments: A highly influential teacher of many students, most of whom were women, who flocked to his

summer classes held at Ogunquit, Maine, from 1898-1934 (teaching hiatus during WWI).

He produced his first etching in 1882, & during his early career was an illustrator for Century & Harper's,

1888-89. He traveled extensively in Europe and made at least eighteen trips to the Caribbean from 1901-39.

He also taught classes at his Boston studio; at Worcester AA (1895); Wellesley College

(1899-06; 1913-14); and Pine Hill School (1907-10).

In his teaching and in his own work, he was concerned with conveying

a true sense of movement, and instructed his students to paint in verbs,

not in nouns" (quoted in Charles Woodbury and His Students).

His wife Marcia Oakes Woodbury was also an artist.

Publications: Author, Painting and Personal Equation (1919); Co-author,

with Elizabeth W. Perkins, The Art of Seeing (1925).


Sources: WW38; Charles H. Woodbury (exh. cat., Boston: Vose Galleries, 1978). Charles H. Woodbury and

Marcia Oakes Woodbury (exh. cat., Boston: Vose Galleries, 1980); biography by George M. Young, Force Through Delicacy

(Randall Pub., Portsmouth, NH, 1998); Charles Woodbury and His Students; Falk, Exh. Record

(This biography is drawn from the "Who Was Who in American Art" , the reference book on the cultural life


Addison Gallery of American Art
Chrysler Museum of Art
El Paso Museum of Art
Farnsworth Art Museum
Frederick R Weisman Art Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Mobile Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Rhode Island School of Design-Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Art
Telfair Museum of Art
The Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire
The Detroit Institute of Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Worcester Art Museum
St. Louis Art Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
Danforth Museum of Art
Carnegie Institute
Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Museum of Art
Peabody Museum



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