LOT 216

1923 - 2008

Black Parcel
etching on paper
titled, editioned Proof and dated 10-1970 and on verso inscribed "P.009", numbered "BG-E-1970-24" and stamped Studio Betty Goodwin
16 3/4 x 20 3/4 in, 42.5 x 52.7 cm

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Estate of the Artist

Rosemarie L. Tovell, The Prints of Betty Goodwin, National Gallery of Canada, 2002, same image reproduced page 135, catalogue #84

Please note: the full sheet size is 18 x 24 inches.

The recto inscriptions are covered by the mat.

Born in Montreal in 1923, Betty Goodwin worked for nearly 50 years in a variety of mediums – painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and sculpture. Often associated with themes of loss, absence and memory, her works are poignant and connect deeply with both the public and critics. In 1968, Goodwin attended Yves Gaucher’s etching class at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University). This decision proved immensely significant for her career, as printmaking allowed her to reconnect to her artistic beginnings and brought her national and international recognition. In the words of art historian and curator Rosemarie L. Tovell “Over the last three decades, Goodwin has created one of the most significant and original bodies of prints produced by any Canadian artist.”

Similar to her earlier still life paintings, Goodwin focused on household objects for her printmaking practice, often running the actual object through the soft-ground plate to better capture its essence. Parcels were the first subject she worked on in 1969, and they held a personal significance for the artist. At the time, her son was living in Karachi, Pakistan, and parcels were the only physical link between them. In her entry dated October 8, 1970 in her notebook with a blue-taped spine, Goodwin wrote “I identify with the parcel – wrapped up and unknown.”

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD

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