Mabel May Woodward (1877 - 1945)
The Favorite Doll, c. 1915
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Signed at lower left: M. Woodward
Arts & Crafts style frame
[Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center, 4 December 1992, Lot 51]
Mr. and Mrs. Meeker, Warwick, New York
Estate of the above until 2011
American Impressionist painter Mabel May Woodward was born in Providence, Rhode Island and began her artistic studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1897. She then went on to study at the Art Students League in New York with teachers William Merritt Chase, Frank DuMond and Kenyon Cox. She furthered her studies in the artist colonies of Old Lyme, Connecticut with DuMond and in Ogunquit, Maine with Charles Woodbury. Woodward usually painted en plein air, taking her palette and canvas outside to better capture the nuances of light and color.
Woodward taught for some twenty-five years at the Rhode Island School of Design, and developed The Action Class, which explored her idea that the human figure should be studied as a mobile machine, rather than as a stationary object.
She was a member of the Providence Art Club, where she had a highly-praised "one-woman" show; the Providence Watercolor Club; South County Art Association; Ogunquit Art Association and others. She died August 14th, 1945.