When his summer sessions came to an end, and the tourists populating his beach scenes returned to their home cities, Woodbury spent winters in Ogunquit capturing the snow-clad rocky shoreline and icy, windblown North Atlantic waters. Woodbury’s canvases depicting the coldest season were appreciated for their subtle gradations of tone using a more limited palette, while concurrently he retained the dynamic brushwork and eye for form and composition that critics and collectors had come to appreciate. Winter Seas is an excellent example of these qualities.
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In addition to the Boston Art Club and the National Academy, Woodbury was a member of the Society of American Artists, the New York Water Color Club, the Boston Society of Water Color Painters and the Guild of Boston Artists. Today his work can be found in a number of museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.
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With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. W-110, circa 1970s
To private collection, Dayton, Ohio, September 1981 to present
(top stretcher in black crayon) 1909 (illegible word)
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. W-110