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MABEL MAY WOODWARD Beach Scene with Bathers.
Oil on canvas, circa 1915-20. 445x535 mm; 17 1/2x21 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto.
Woodward (1877-1945) was a native of Providence. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at the Art Students League, New York. Through her association with William Merrit Chase and his Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art at the turn-of-the-century, Woodward developed a plein-air, Impressionistic, light-drenched style of painting, adopting Chase's heavy brush strokes, deep impasto and his play on light and shadow.
Woodward taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for 25 years during the early 1900s. During her summers she traveled frequently to Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Ogunquit, Maine, whence she sourced the beach subjects of many of her paintings.