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Current bid: $900 CAD
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2065 24-Sep-2020 01:20:47 PM $900

14821 24-Sep-2020 12:53:42 PM $800

2065 23-Sep-2020 11:14:05 PM $700

22432 09-Sep-2020 10:56:39 PM $600

LOT 008

Betty Roodish Goodwin
1923 - 2008

oil on board
on verso inscribed "Ptng.04", numbered "BG-T-(1949)-01" on a label and stamped "Studio Betty Goodwin"
6 x 10 in, 15.2 x 25.4 cm

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,125

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Estate of the Artist

At the beginning of her career, at the close of the Second World War, Betty Goodwin was especially concerned with art’s purpose. Like many other artists of her generation, she saw painting as a political and social act that could reconnect the individual to a greater collective purpose. Thus, in the early 1950s, she worked in the Social Realist tradition, depicting the continued struggle of the working class and wartime immigrants through scenes of the Montreal Jewish neighborhoods and portraits of workers.

This work is a touching and intimate portrait of an older man set on a balcony overlooking a typical Montreal alley, holding his head in his right hand. His expression is a remarkable mix of pensiveness and serenity, with details such as the slightly upturned mouth and downcast eyes. Goodwin’s expert draughtsmanship and empathy for her subject are evident in this striking portrait.

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