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ARTHUR CLIFTON GOODWIN (1864-1929) pencil drawing of Berkshires by one of Boston's most loved artists

ARTHUR CLIFTON GOODWIN (1864-1929) pencil drawing of Berkshires by one of Boston's most loved artists


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A small pencil drawing of several structures on rolling hillsides, drawn in a very impressionist hand, and signed "A C Goodwin" at lower right by one of Boston's most beloved artists, ARTHUR CLIFTON GOODWIN (1864-1929). Written on the backing presumably by another hand and at a later date is the artist's name and "Berkshire Landscape, pencil drawing". The work was acquired in suburban Sudbury, Massachusetts. Goodwin was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and did not become active artistically until relatively late in life. He was in Boston, Gloucester and New Hampshire for most of his life, save for a seven year period in the 1920's when he went to New York City. Goodwin became known for his beautiful impressionist paintings of inner Boston---scenes like the Boston Common, Tremont Street, and the waterfront. No less than Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent, of Boston artistic royalty, praised his work. Isabella Stewart Gardner, the society patron of the arts, was familiar with him. Louis Kronberg the artist (1872-1965) became a friend, rooming with him and guiding him through difficult periods of his life when a bohemian lifestyle and alcoholism threatened his success. The bohemian lifestyle hindered his success and alcohol tragically took his life, just as he was to embark for Paris to see first-hand the works of the French impressionists. Goodwin's style is described online as a blend of Ashcan School realism and American Impressionism. He was a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, Boston Society of Watercolor Painters, and other organizations. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, the prestigious Doll and Richards Gallery in Boston, the Boston Art Club, Corcoran, and Milch Galleries in New York City. A 1974 major retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, recognizing the artist's almost reverential love for and understanding of his Boston subject matter, proved a major posthumous contribution to the reputation he enjoys today. Major oils have exceeded $50,000 at auction. At the peak of the art market in 2006, his pastels of Boston scenes were achieving $15,000 at auction. The 6 1/8" by 8 3/4" sheet has browned from oxidation. There is a minor 1/2" short tear to top edge. The work is presented essentially unframed, with the backing accompanying it.
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