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Robert Goodnough

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Untitled (Energy), c. 1958

oil on canvas

20" x 22"
Untitled (Energy), c. 1958

oil on canvas

20" x 22"
Untitled (Energy) (signature detail), c. 1958

oil on canvas

20" x 22"
Untitled (Energy), c. 1958

oil on canvas

20" x 22"

Untitled (Energy), c. 1958

oil on canvas

20" x 22"

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Release II, 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"
Release II, 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"
Release II, 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"

Installation View
Release II (detail), 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"
Release II (signature detail), 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"
Release II, 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"

Release II, 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"

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Process Development, 1972

oil and acrylic on canvas

78" x 78"
Robert Goodnough
Process Development, 1972

oil and acrylic on canvas

78" x 78"

Installation View
Process Development (signature verso), 1972

oil and acrylic on canvas

78" x 78"
Process Development, 1972

oil and acrylic on canvas

78" x 78"

Process Development, 1972

oil and acrylic on canvas

78" x 78"

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Bombed Boat, 1966

oil on canvas

30" x 56"
Bombed Boat, 1966

oil on canvas

30" x 56"
Bombed Boat, 1966

oil on canvas

30" x 56"

Bombed Boat, 1966

oil on canvas

30" x 56"

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Colors on Pale Yellow, 1975

oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 62"
Colors on Pale Yellow (signature verso), 1975

oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 62"
Colors on Pale Yellow, 1975

oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 62"

Colors on Pale Yellow, 1975

oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 62"

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Abstract X, 1981

oil on canvas

68" x 68"

Abstract X, 1981

oil on canvas

68" x 68"

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Abstract 2, 1982

oil and sand on canvas

72" x 72"

Abstract 2, 1982

oil and sand on canvas

72" x 72"

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Quiet Vertical, 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"
Quiet Vertical, 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"
Quiet Vertical (detail), 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"
Quiet Vertical, 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"

Quiet Vertical, 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"

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Boat, 1963

oil on canvas

20" x 20"
Boat, 1963

oil on canvas

20" x 20"
Boat, 1963

oil on canvas

20" x 20"

Boat, 1963

oil on canvas

20" x 20"

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Kathy II, 1982

oil and acrylic on canvas

62" x 62"

Kathy II, 1982

oil and acrylic on canvas

62" x 62"

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Pale Purple on Pale Green, 1973

oil and acrylic on canvas

30" x 72"
Pale Purple on Pale Green, 1973

oil and acrylic on canvas

30" x 72"
Pale Purple on Pale Green, 1973

oil and acrylic on canvas

30" x 72"

Pale Purple on Pale Green, 1973

oil and acrylic on canvas

30" x 72"

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Untitled (Energy), c. 1958

oil on canvas

20" x 22"

Untitled (Energy), c. 1958

oil on canvas

20" x 22"

Release II, 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"

Release II, 2006

oil on canvas

36" x 58"

Process Development, 1972

oil and acrylic on canvas

78" x 78"

Process Development, 1972

oil and acrylic on canvas

78" x 78"

Bombed Boat, 1966

oil on canvas

30" x 56"

Bombed Boat, 1966

oil on canvas

30" x 56"

Colors on Pale Yellow, 1975

oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 62"

Colors on Pale Yellow, 1975

oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 62"

Abstract X, 1981

oil on canvas

68" x 68"

Abstract X, 1981

oil on canvas

68" x 68"

Abstract 2, 1982

oil and sand on canvas

72" x 72"

Abstract 2, 1982

oil and sand on canvas

72" x 72"

Quiet Vertical, 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"

Quiet Vertical, 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"

Boat, 1963

oil on canvas

20" x 20"

Boat, 1963

oil on canvas

20" x 20"

Kathy II, 1982

oil and acrylic on canvas

62" x 62"

Kathy II, 1982

oil and acrylic on canvas

62" x 62"

Pale Purple on Pale Green, 1973

oil and acrylic on canvas

30" x 72"

Pale Purple on Pale Green, 1973

oil and acrylic on canvas

30" x 72"

Biography

Robert Goodnough - Artists - About Bethesda Fine Art

Quiet Vertical, 2006

oil and acrylic on canvas

70" x 28"

Robert Goodnough (1917-2010) was a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter whose style evolution encompassed Cubist-inspired abstractions to Color Field painting. Throughout a career that lasted over half a century, Goodnough experimented in a variety of media, including collage, metal, wood, stained glass, gouache, and more. His work is noted for its calligraphic mark-marking and, later, his subtle pastel colors.

After earning a fine-arts degree from Syracuse University in 1940 he was drafted into the Army and served in the field artillery, painting portraits and murals at military installations. Other art education included studies at the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts and Hans Hofmann's celebrated summer school in Provincetown, MA.

At meetings of the Club, a famous downtown discussion group made up mostly of abstract painters, he became friends with Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Critic Clement Greenberg and the art historian Meyer Schapiro selected him to exhibit in a group show of emerging artists at the Kootz Gallery in 1950, and two years later he had his first important one-man show, at Tibor de Nagy. In 1969 Goodnough was given a one-man show at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.

Although he never achieved the commercial success of his contemporaries Pollock, Motherwell, and Kline, he is recognized as a significant artist. Select collections include: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art; North Carolina Museum of Art; Delaware Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Portland Art Museum; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.