Historical Vignette

Betty Goodwin (1923-2008), Tarpaulin No. 1, 1974, gesso on tarpaulin and rope, 245 x 203 cm.

Betty Goodwin (1923-2008)Tarpaulin No. 1, 1974gesso on tarpaulin and rope245 x 203 cm.
Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2006.36), purchase, photo: Idra Labrie


Maclean’s interest in commonplace materials also characterizes the art of Betty Goodwin (1926-2008), who made extensive use of found objects in printmaking and in the Tarpaulin series, where worn and patched tarps serve as pictorial surfaces worked with gesso, chalk and oil.