Robert Goodnough

American, b. 1917, Cortland, New York; d. 2010, White Plains, New York
Robert Goodnough


In 1952,  Robert Goodnough became interested in the medium of collage after being inspired by a brontosaurus skeleton seen in the American Museum of Natural History. Goodnough eventually shifted from collages of dinosaurs to spontaneous, non-representational collages reminiscent of the Cubist style of art.  While Struggle is not technically a collage by definition, it is painted in a way that replicates the look of cut-out shapes arranged onto a surface. The title references the struggle between the chaotic overlapping shapes contrasting with the formal elements of landscape in the foreground.



Robert Goodnough, Struggle


Title: Struggle
Date: 1966-67
Medium: charcoal, acrylic, and oil on canvas
Dimensions: 115 x 259 inches
Accession Number: P68.3.1
Location: South Concourse 





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