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Betty Goodwin

Black Arms


Betty Goodwin
Montreal 1923 – Montreal 2008


Black Arms




Oil pastel, pastel, oil, charcoal


101 x 70.8 cm


Gift of Roy Lacaud Heenan, O.C., in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary, inv. 2010.668


Graphic Arts

As author Aline Gélinas suggests, the way in which Betty Goodwin places the body in her oeuvre is reminiscent of dance. “Bruised, broken bodies that float on immense sheets of translucent paper barely washed with colour, bodies eroded, sometimes mutilated, sketched, erased and then redrawn, but always in tension.” Goodwin’s Black Arms was transposed into the world of contemporary dance by Quebec choreographer and dancer Paul-André Fortier, who in 1993 was inspired by it to create his choreography entitled Bras de plomb [Leaden Arms]. The two artists worked together on the physical blocking of the work, after Goodwin had designed the costumes and the set for Fortier’s piece.

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