Philip R. Goodwin (1881-1935)
A Surprise for Everyone
oil on canvas
24 × 33 inches
signed lower right
Sold at Auction: $128,700
Condition ReportOriginal canvas. Slight bar mark at top-edge portion of painting. Surface condition is excellent. No signs of restoration.
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Label (partial), Brown & Bigelow, “#787”
According to Larry Len Peterson, “If Carl Rungius is celebrated for his paintings of moose, then Goodwin should be distinguished by his paintings of bears. More than other animals, Goodwin relished painting the bear—sometimes using a fierce threatening posture, or at the mercy of a hunter’s Winchester, or perhaps just looming in forest shadows. Whatever the scenario, Goodwin loved bears. As years rolled by, he became more concerned with wildlife conservation and chose to depict the mischievous and playful nature of his characters. Adopting a theme from Russell’s paintings and bronzes, Goodwin depicted bears and cubs investigating campsites, where they usually surprised their human counterparts. While Goodwin was completely at ease painting other wildlife—moose, antelope, elk, caribou, mountain goats, and big horn sheep—it remained the bear that he and his patrons most coveted.”
Brown & Bigelow, St. Paul, Minnesota
The Estate of Earl Brown, St. Paul, Minnesota
Present owner, by descent, 1964
Larry Len Peterson, Philip R. Goodwin, America’s Sporting & Western Artist (Hayden, ID and Tucson, AZ: The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction and Settlers West Galleries, 2001), page 293, illustrated print