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.
Medium: charcoal, acrylic, and oil on canvas
Dimensions: 115 x 259 inches
Accession Number: P68.3.1
Location: South Concourse
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