Articles on Albert GoodwinCompiled by Chris Beetles for ARC
Albert Goodwin (1845-1932) was a leading Victorian landscape painter, and one of the few to realize the aesthetic of John Ruskin, by synthesizing the approaches of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites. He accompanied Ruskin on a three-month tour through Switzerland to Italy, in 1872, and this experience established his standard of beauty. However, patrons enabled him to travel extensively beyond Europe: to North Africa, Asia, Australasia and America. On some later occasions, he also took a stance independent of Ruskin by incorporating the atmospherics of Whistler. His work was exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy (1860-1920), the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours (RWS) and leading London dealers. Becoming an associate of the RWS in 1871 and a full member a decade later, he continued to work and show well into the 1920s.
Valued and celebrated in his lifetime, Goodwin was later neglected. Interest in his work was revived from the 1970s by Chris Beetles, among others. Chris Beetles has mounted a number of important exhibitions of Goodwin, including a significant museum tour in 1986, and selling exhibitions in 1996 and 2007. His publications include a sumptuous volume, limited to 1000 copies, with over 200 colour plates.