Arthur Clifton Goodwin, American, (1864-1929).
A. C. Goodwin was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was raised in Chelsea Massachusetts.
He did not begin painting until the age of thirty and became a self-taught Impressionist
under the tutelage and financial support of Louis Kronberg , a well-known Boston artist of the
day. Goodwin also became a follower of the Ashcan School led by Robert Henri, though Goodwin was
never identified with nor proclaimed to be part of any specific school of painting.
After painting in Boston in both oil and pastel for a twenty-year period, Goodwin gained the
recognition of famous art figures including John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Jack Gardner, and John T.
Spaulding. Childe Hassam was quoted as describing Goodwin as "the greatest painter in Boston".
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 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine
Arts; Doll & Richards Gallery, Boston; Boston Art Club; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC;
Milch Galleries, NYC and elsewhere. Numerous retrospectives of A. C. Goodwin's work have been
held, the most recent at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1974.
Credit:Regina Eliot-Ramsey, A. C. Goodwin
Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art
On exhibit: "The Berkshires",
Signed A. C. Goodwin, lower right.
Oil on canvas. 34" x 39"