ABSTRACTION lll by Robert Goodnough
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ABSTRACTION lll by Robert Goodnough is a heavy wool tapestry measuring 8′ X 6’ (244 cm X 183 cm) from an edition of only 10.
Pictured is the actual piece as it formerly hung in the foyer of our home. Having downsized into a smaller home, we no longer have a place for this gorgeous, high quality piece. The third picture shows another piece from the edition as it hangs in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Note the artist’s woven signature on the lower right. Not readily observable is the sculptured effect arising from the differing levels among the colors.
Using the artist’s original design as a model, the weaver re-creates the artist’s vision in a different medium.
Few weavers possess the skill, sensitivity and enduring patience necessary to create a tapestry with nearly 700,000 hand tied knots, with 20 threads to each knot. Three or four weavers dedicate up to four months to complete such a tapestry.
This edition sold out more than 30 years ago and this is a rare masterpiece of enduring beauty and value. This tapestry is in like new condition.
Although I have always displayed this magnificent piece on the wall, it could also be used as a spectacular area rug. I was told by Modern Master Tapestries, the firm that commissioned it, that it could be walked on for 100 years and wouldn’t wear out, or probably even show much wear, due to the density of the weave.
ABOUT THE ARTIST – Click on any picture to enlarge it.
Robert Goodnough (October 23, 1917 – October 2, 2010) was an American abstract expressionist painter. A veteran of World War ll, Goodnough was one of the last of the original generation of the New York School.
During the 1940s Goodnough graduated from Syracuse University and served in the U.S. Army during World War ll. After the war in 1946 he attended the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts in New York and the Hans Hofmann summer school in Provincetown Massachusetts. He earned his master’s degree from New York University in 1950 after which he began to exhibit his paintings publicly and also to write articles for ARTnews magazine.