Ogunquit, Maine, became Woodbury’s primary home in 1897, and the school which he subsequently established there helped to shape the town as a major artists’ colony. Rather than focus on technique in his lessons, Woodbury’s teaching philosophy emphasized expression and careful observation of one’s subject: “The actual manipulation of the brush is a skillful matter, and yet it requires more intelligence than manual dexterity. Art is psychology, not science, and there must be one unknown factor, the personal equation. You must know what you see, why you see, and what is worth seeing.” These attributes are clearly present in Green Girl, in which a traditional New England scene of an afternoon spent by the shore is invigorated by his keen sense of design and color, using expressive strokes of pencil and pigment to render the title figure and the crowd of her fellow beachgoers set amongst the seaside foliage.
 Woodbury, Charles H. Painting and the Personal Equation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1919, p. 95.
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Estate of the artist (one of 40 watercolors discovered in the attic of the artist’s son’s Ogunquit home in the Spring of 1981)
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. W-131, circa July 1981
To private collection, Burlingame, California, August 1981 to August 1985
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 28075, August 1985
To private collection, Dayton, Ohio, August 1985 to present
(handwritten on old drawing board verso) 58 Green Girl - 1926
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. W-131
2). Artist’s estate stamp on old drawing board verso
3). Letter signed by Robert C. Vose III regarding the painting’s provenance