At the young age of seventeen, American Impressionist painter Charles Herbert Woodbury became the youngest person ever to be elected into the Boston Art Club. He had all ready sold his first work two years earlier and was preparing to make his living from his brush alone.
He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and graduated with honors from their Engineering program in 1886. He immediately started his own studio, near his friend and fellow painter Charles Green, and the two encouraged one another in their ambition of living only from the proceeds of their paintings.
Woodbury married another painter in 1890, and the two headed to Paris to continue their formal training. He enrolled in the Academie Julian where he studied under Boulanger and Lefebvre, and the young couple studied for a full year before returning to the United States.
Woodbury was an advocate of the Impressionist "plein air" painting style, and he was known as superior draftsman as well. He had over sixty solo exhibitions throughout his life and won awards in both the United States and France. He taught at several locations throughout his professional life, including his summer home of Ogunquit, Maine and became the Director of his own school, the Woodbury School. He authored several books on art theory, and is estimated to have personally instructed nearly four thousand students in his thirty six years as an art teacher.
He was elected to the National Academy of Design and President of the Watercolor Club of Boston, as well as to a place in the Society of American Artists. His works are in the collections many major American museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago.