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Arthur Clifton Goodwin
American
(1864-1929)

Arthur Clifton Goodwin
Snowy Banks of the River, oil on canvas on board, 40 x 34 inches (image), 49 x 43 inches (with frame), signed lower right
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, A. C. Goodwin spent most of his artistic life in Boston and New York City. He began painting relatively late in life and was largely self-taught, but he nevertheless attained considerable prominence in his own lifetime.

Not least among those who praised Goodwin’s artistic merits were Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent. Goodwin is primarily known as a painter of cityscapes, where ordinary buildings assume a somewhat mysterious monumentality. His style was, as suggested by Wm. Gerdts in American Impressionism, an effective blend of Ashcan realism and Impressionist method. Goodwin’s success in his lifetime was compromised by a bohemian lifestyle, and his consumption of alcohol cost him his life.

In the collection of: Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Farnsworth Museum, among many others.


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