Charles Herbert Woodbury 1864-1940

Red and Lavender Bathing Suits

  • 12 x 17 inches (30.5 x 43.2 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Estate stamp on verso

Why We Love It

Woodbury was widely known for his bright impressionistic paintings of beach scenes. In Red and Lavender Bathing Suits, he places the shoreline at the top of the picture plane and focuses instead on the wide stretch of beach in the foreground scattered with colorful bathers, which he deftly renders with just a few loose strokes of paint.

The Value

Woodburys’s beach scenes are his most collectible paintings.  They not only capture the joys of summer but they also demonstrate his unique painting style.  This work is in great condition and would make a fine addition to any collection.

Artist Background

1864: Born in Lynn, Massachusetts; 1882-86: Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied mechanical engineering. Also took life drawing classes two evenings a week at the Boston Art Club; 1883: Gave art instruction to first pupil, George Blake; 1886: Set up his first painting studio in Boston, formerly the studio of William Merritt Chase; 1887: First solo exhibition at J. Eastman Chase Gallery. He would have over 60 solo exhibitions throughout his career; 1888: Took first trip to Ogunquit, Maine; 1890: Traveled to Europe for the first time and studied at the Academie Julian under William Bougeureau and Jules Joseph Lefebvre; 1890-1940: Traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Carribean, while maintaining studios in Boston and Ogunquit; 1898: Built house in Ogunquit and held first summer art course. 1898-1917: Taught art lessons at his summer art school in Ogunquit; 1899-1906, 1913-14: Taught at Wellesley College; 1923-25: Resumed teaching at the Ogunquit Summer School; 1928: Founded The Woodbury Training School in Applied Observation in Boston. He taught there until his death. 1940: Died