Helen M. Goodwin (1865-1955)

  • Helen M. Goodwin (1865-1955)
  • Zinnias
  • Oil on canvas board
  • 13 ¾ x 18 inches
  • Signed lower right
  • Exhibition Label on verso: Indiana Artists Exhibition, John Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis, April 30 - June 4, 1950

Goodwin began her formal artistic training at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis.[1] In 1903, she traveled to Europe to continue her studies. In Paris, Goodwin shared a studio with her elder sister Frances Goodwin (1855-1955), a sculptor of note.[2] Frances studied with the Indianapolis Art Association before enrolling at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her sculpture entitled Education commissioned for the Indiana building at the World’s Columbian Exposition received an honorable mention. In 1896, she was commissioned to sculpt a bust of late Vice-Present Schuyler Colfax which was placed in a niche in the capitol.[3] The marble bust by Frances was the second commission of its kind given to a woman artist. The first such commission was given to Vinnie Ream (1847-1914).[4]

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