Albert Goodwin

Artist Biography

Born in Maidstone, England, Albert Goodwin was a landscape painter best known for his skillful work in watercolor. Training in the artistic milieu of John Ruskin (1819–1900) and the Pre-Raphaelites, Goodwin studied under Arthur Hughes (1832–1915), Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893), and, finally, became a protégé of Ruskin himself. Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) was an important influence on Goodwin’s mature style, where he often emulated fantasy and reality in one, an attribute described by Ruskin as “imaginative topography.” Near the turn of the century, Goodwin began combining watercolor and ink, creating compositions that were broad, detailed, and atmospheric at the same time. While his landscapes have been described as having “poetic charm,” they also evoke magical realism. Some of his works draw inspiration from literary sources, such as Arabian Nights, biblical stories, and works by Dante, as well as Asian art. His work is in the collections of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Tate Britain, London, England, the Maidstone Museum, Kent, England, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, among others.

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