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This oil on canvas was executed from 1969 to 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 inspired works throughout the 1960s and 70s. Capturing the vivid range of color and expressive use of abstracted forms to create a cohesive composition, this is an exquisite example of Goodnough's distinctive and dynamic style.

This work was held in the permanent collection of the Richard Brush Art Museum, St. Lawrence University until its de-acquisition.

Robert Goodnough is considered one of the most diverse and innovative of the second generation of Abstract Expressionist painters. According to the New York Times' 2010 obituary on Goodnough, 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 MOMA, Goodnough became famous for being “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, also incorporating elements of action painting as well as more lyrical modes of abstraction.

Robert Goodnough was born in Cortland, New York in 1917. He earned his B.A. from Syracuse University, Ozenfant School of Fine Art, and he then studied at the legendary Hans Hofmann School of Art; and an M.A. from New York University. Goodnough taught art at New York University, Fieldston School, Cornell University and Skowhegan Art School. His work is owned in private and public collections and he has been exhibited extensively at such institutions as 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.

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

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  • Richard Brush Art Museum, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.
Richard Brush Art Museum, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 32 x 40 x 1 in. (81.28 x 101.6 x 2.54 cm.)
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