**PAIR** of oil on board paintings (each 14" by 11", plus framing 1 1/4" wide), of nymphs clad only in diaphanous veils, dancing in classical poses in forested landscapes, rays of light selectively illuminating the scenes. The works are by New England artist ROBERT C. WOODBERRY (1874-). Woodberry was born in Massachusetts and appears to have spent most of his life in New England, painting mostly landscapes. He was a student of W. D. Hamilton, and, at the Academie Julian in Paris, of Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant (1898/99). Most paintings that have appeared on the market are landscape. This pair, reflective no doubt of the artist's academic training in his Paris years, does not appear to be signed on the front, but they are stamped on the reverse with the estate stamp (at least one is--I have not opened both--but I presume the second one is as well). I feel it likely that these are studies in oil for larger, more finished paintings, but they are complete works of art in and of themselves. The previous owner chose very attractive and complementary new gold framing, which tastefully enhances the works. That framing appears to be very recent, and it is in excellent fresh condition. The painting of the lady facing to the viewer's left appears to have had some possible repair at top, there being a diagonal crease of sorts from top left to the right, just above her red hair.
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