Movement of Horses

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Movement of Horses


Goodnough, Robert Arthur



32” x 40”



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Robert Goodnough (American, 1917–2010) was a painter associated with Abstract Expressionism, and has created a body of work ranging from his early lyrical paintings to the tightly-composed works influenced by collage, produced later in his career. Born in Cortland, NY, Goodnough graduated from Syracuse University, and worked in a representational mode while painting in school. He did not receive much exposure to Modernist or Abstract Art until after graduation, when he worked with Abstract painter Hans Hofmann (German, 1880-1966). During the late 1940s, he studied art education at New York University, and later taught at Syracuse and at Cornell University. Often considered a central figure of the “second generation” of Abstract Expressionism, Goodnough painted Abstract works in the 1950s, incorporating both the active brushwork and color-washed, meditative forms found in American Abstract painting—techniques frequently polarized by leading critics of the day. Goodnough also experimented with multimedia and collage, creating works featuring tightly rendered geometric forms, grouped together in animated Abstract compositions exploring properties of illusion and space in painting and two-dimensional works. In addition to painting, Goodnough supplemented his income by writing for Art News, alongside fellow New York School painters like John Ashbery (American, b.1927) and Elaine de Kooning (American, 1919–1989). Goodnough has been honored with a Hiram Gee and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Venice Biennale.




acrylic and Oil

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acrylic and oil on canvas

Signature Position

lower right


Goodnough, Robert Arthur, “Movement of Horses,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed August 18, 2022,

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