Lot Sale Results

Betty Roodish Goodwin
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 055

Betty Roodish Goodwin
CPE 1923 - 2008 Canadian

Swimmer
mixed media on vellum paper
signed and dated 1984 and on verso titled and dated on the gallery label
16 1/4 x 22 1/4 in  41.3 x 56.5cm

Provenance:
Galerie René Blouin, Montreal
Estate of Michel Moreault, Montreal

Literature:
Sandra Paikowsky, Betty Goodwin: Passages, Concordia Art Gallery, 1986, page 5

Betty Goodwin’s elegant images are instantly recognizable as hers alone, being unlike those of any other Canadian artist of her generation. Goodwin was self-taught, and her conventional early still lifes and paintings of Montreal scenes do not hint at the contemplative, profound and moving art maker that she would become by the late 1960s. Her work began to evolve under the expert tutelage of Yves Gaucher, then teaching printmaking at Sir George Williams University (Concordia University). Later her admiration for the work of German sculptor Joseph Beuys, whom she met in the mid-1970s, made her increasingly conscious of the power and significance of materials usage, and she began to produce large mixed media works as well as a significant body of etchings and sculpture. Goodwin’s Swimmers series was a major preoccupation throughout the 1980s, in both small and monumental formats. Sandra Paikowsky’s comments apply well to this sensitive drawing on a semi-transparent Mylar ground: “Her ability to coax and cosset an aesthetic meaning from the surface is paramount...It is her exquisite sensibility to the tactile that gives her work its classical and paradoxical tension.”

Estimate: $4,000 ~ $6,000 CAD

Sold For: $12,980.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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