(1865 - 1913)
Marcia Oakes Woodbury was active/lived in Maine. Marcia Woodbury is known for figure, portrait, and genre painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Married to artist Charles Woodbury with whom she first studied art, Susan Woodbury became noted for her figural works in pastel, watercolor and oil.
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She was the daughter of a South Berwick, Maine family and her father was a judge. She studied art with Charles Woodbury and of their courtship it was written: "As beautiful as she was willful, she reduced Charles to adoring despair. Buttressed by Victorian decorum, he finally summoned the courage to say to her one day: 'Miss Oakes, I simply cannot teach you to paint, but if you will have me, I would like to marry you.' " (Tragard 7)
She and her husband honeymooned in Europe in 1890, and she was especially taken with Holland, which became a source of many of her paintings including Dutch children. She returned there frequently, observed works by Old Masters, and wrote commentaries on Dutch painters. She also studied in Paris at the Lazar School.
In the late 1880s, the Woodbury settled in Ogunquit, Maine, which Charles had discovered when visiting his wife's parents, who were vacationing at York, Maine. In 1896, the couple's only child, David, was born. That same year the Woodbury's purchased five acres of land at Ogunquit off Shore Road, now the site of the Ogunquit Museum. They had a large, wood shingled several story Victorian style home built with broad verandas and paths leading to the ocean, and they had separate studios as she wanted to make sure her husband was not advising her as she painted.
She was a prolific painter and worked in her studio while her husband conducted classes. Her work was exhibited in the United States and Europe and occasionally won prizes, but "she never received recognition approaching that of her husband's. She suffered for many years from severe migraine headaches, which were not medically treatable at the time, and she died from their stress in 1913 at the age of 48." (Tragard 10)
A year after her death at age 48, her husband organized a solo exhibition of her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Tragard, Louise, A Century of Color, 1886-1986: Ogunquit, Maine's Art Colony
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
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