Betty Roodish Goodwin
1923 - 2008
oil on board
signed and dated 1948 and on verso numbered "BG-T-1948-03" on a label and stamped "Studio Betty Goodwin"
25 x 24 in, 63.5 x 61 cm
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Sold for: $2,500
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.
This work, dating from 1948, is an early demonstration of Goodwin’s concern with the social ills of her time and life made uncertain by the devastation of the war. A man is represented performing literal back-bending work over what looks like a boiler. His face is dramatically lit from below, revealing his furrowed brow and perhaps his fatigue. The vibrant colour palette and expressive approach also add to the drama of this fascinating early work by Goodwin.
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