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Robert Arthur Goodnough (American, 1917–2010)
LOT ID: 78275
Movement of Horses, 1969

Oil, on Canvas
32 х 40 х 1 in. (81.28 x 101.6 x 2.54 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right; bears the inventory number of the Richard Brush Art Museum, St. Lawrence University on verso
Lot description
This oil on canvas work was executed between 1969 and 1970, during one of the artist’s most influential and desirable periods. Inspired by Ruben's copy of Leonardo's "Battle of Anghiari," Goodnough created a series of equine works throughout the '60s and '70s. With its vivid range of color and expressive use of abstracted forms, "Movement of Horses" is an exquisite example of Goodnough's distinctive and dynamic style. It was held in the permanent collection of the Richard Brush Art Museum of St. Lawrence University until its de-acquisition.

Robert Goodnough (1917-2010) is considered one of the most diverse and innovative of the second generation of Abstract Expressionist painters. His New York Times obituary stated that, despite the fact that he exhibited for decades at blue chip galleries like Tibor de Nagy, ACA, and Andre Emmerich, and has works in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Goodnough was “one of the most underrated artists of his generation." He was also one of the most versatile, evolving from vibrant, Cubist-inspired abstractions to Color Field paintings, and incorporating elements of action painting as well as more lyrical modes of abstraction. Goodnough taught at New York University, the Fieldston School, Cornell University, and and Skowhegan Art School. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, among others.

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery, Washington, DC
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Museum of the National Academy of Design, New York, NY
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