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Current bid: $800 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

816557 24-Sep-2020 01:07:16 PM $800

2065 23-Sep-2020 11:22:49 PM $700

22432 09-Sep-2020 10:55:32 PM $600

LOT 002

Betty Roodish Goodwin
1923 - 2008

oil on board
on verso numbered "BG-T-(1950-56)-27" on a label and stamped "Studio Betty Goodwin"
10 x 7 in, 25.4 x 17.8 cm

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,000

Preview at:

Estate of the Artist

Rosemarie L. Tovell, The Prints of Betty Goodwin, the National Gallery of Canada, 2002, page 15

In this early self-portrait, Betty Goodwin presents a striking and modern image of herself. The basis for the composition is traditional: in three quarter profile, a warm yellow light falls over the left side of Goodwin’s face and casts a shadow on the roughly rendered background. Portraiture tradition ends there, as bold blocks of vivid colour are favoured over realism and depth. The blue jacket is rendered with particular lushness and an awkwardly foreshortened arm draws attention to delicately dangling fingers - possibility anticipating the fragmented figures of her later work.

Shortly after purchasing a small bed etching press in 1954, Goodwin created a series of four self-portrait etchings. Like this work, Self Portrait One and Self Portrait Three, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, present Goodwin in three quarter profile with softly pursed lips. This self-portrait is dated circa 1950 – 1956, and may have completed in the same period as these etchings.

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