Betty Roodish Goodwin
1923 - 2008
oil on board
on verso numbered "BG-T-(1950-56)-29" on a label and stamped "Studio Betty Goodwin"
21 1/4 x 18 in, 54 x 45.7 cm
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Preview at: Heffel Montreal
Estate of the Artist
Jessica Bradley and Matthew Teitelbaum, editors, The Art of Betty Goodwin, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1998, essay by Matthew Teitelbaum, “The Mourner’s Cry,” page 10 and 15
In the early 1950s, Betty Goodwin’s work was closely aligned with both the style and sentiment of Montreal’s Social Realist painters. Grappling with the pain of Post-War existence, unsure of how to confront inexplicable devastation, Goodwin’s work from this period often depicts figures mourning or waiting despondently. While Seated Woman is void of a mourning narrative, it is infused with a deep sense of loss and despondence. Rendered in a muted palette with cubist elements, the absent gaze and draped forearm convey emotional exhaustion. Subtle highlights on the cheek and chest bones add fragility, but not warmth, to the downcast figure. Seated Woman is an exceptional example of figurative poignancy in Goodwin’s early Social Realist work.
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