ROBERT GOODNOUGH "COLORS ON PURPLE GOLD", 1976

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Robert Goodnough (1917-2010) is an accomplished abstract American painter, renowned for his iconic paintings that featured confetti-like arrangements of polygons.

While somewhat associated with the Color Field painting, his earlier works were informed by Abstract Expressionism and gestural abstraction. 

During the 1950s, Goodnough was influenced by Cubism and gestural abstraction. In 1951 he was included in the highly influential 9th Street Art Exhibition curated by Leo Castelli. Goodnough was in good company as this show featured Motherwell, de Kooning and Frankenthaller amongst others. The show heralded a new direction for abstraction in America and the artists associated were collectively referred to as "The New School" even though there were obvious stylistic and ideological differences amongst them.

Gradually Goodnough's compositions and content formed into a refined and clarified arrangement of triangular forms. 

This canvas from 1976, clearly shows the influence of Color Field painting. The background, of diluted violet and ochre gives the impression of being illuminated from within the canvas. This subtle stain affect alludes to trends that his contemporaries (Helen Frankenthaller, Morris Louis etc.) were pursuing.

During Goodnough's career he exhibited at the prestigious Tibor de Nagy and André Emmerich galleries.  Today Goodnough's work can be found in numerous public collections including the MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and many more. 

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"Colors on Purple Gold"

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 1976

Signed, titled and dated verso.

40”H 52”W (canvas)

Very good condition.

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