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Arthur Clifton Goodwin
Children at the Daniel French Statue, The Fenway, Boston
Pastel on paper
17 x 11 in.
Circa 1890s
Arthur Clifton Goodwin
Boston Commons, Summertime
Oil on canvas
20 x 26 in.

 

Arthur Clifton Goodwin

(American, 1864-1929)

A.C. Goodwin is known primarily for his spontaneously executed impressionistic views of docks, harbors, landscapes and cityscapes in and around Boston, Gloucester and New York City. He spent most of his professional life in Boston (before 1920 and from 1928-1929, and again from 1925-until his death) and New York City (1920-1927). He painted in oil and/or pastel.

Known as a "Boston painter," he was a member of no "school" and basically was self-taught. He was a member of the Guild of Boston Artists and the Boston Society of Water Color Painters. He exhibited at the Guild of Boston Artists; the PAFA; Doll & Richards Gallery, Boston; Boston Art Club; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; Milch Galleries, NYC and elsewhere.

His work is represented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Union Club, Boston; St. Botolph Club, Boston; Addison Gallery of Art, Andover, MA; Colby College, ME; New Britain Museum of Art, CT; Lowe Art Museum, FL; Georgia Museum of Art; Smith College Museum of Art, MA; Farnsworth Museum, ME; Parrish Art Museum, NY; Toledo Museum of Art, OH; Cheekwood Museum, TN and elsewhere. He painted en plein air and is best known for the Boston waterfront, street and park scenes.

In 1920, Goodwin painted Washington Square in Manhattan from his studio there. After his marriage failed, the despondent artist returned to Boston and Goodwin lead the life of a Bohemian and drank excessively. Louis Kronberg often roomed with Goodwin, taking care of him and making sure he didn’t drink too much. Although Goodwin never studied in Paris, he vowed one day he would go to see the French impressionists' work firsthand. Tragically, after an excessive drinking binge, Goodwin was found dead in his Boston studio with tickets for Paris in his pocket.

In 1974, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, honored the impressionist with a solo show and thereafter his works have been sought after and collected by the finest institutions and individual collectors throughout the world.


References: "Arthur Clifton Goodwin," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1974); Falk, Who Was Who in American Art; "Who's Who in American Art," American Art Annuals (though 1920)