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  • Philip GoodwinSep 16, 1881 - Dec 14, 1935
  • The Northwood King, Calling The Moose - Philip R. Goodwin was an American painter and illustrator who specialized in depictions of wildlife, the outdoors, fishing, hunting and the Old American West. He provided illustrations for numerous books and magazines, as well as for commercial items, such as posters, advertisements and calendars. He is perhaps best known for illustrating Jack London's The Call of the Wild and for providing the cover art for many issues of Outdoor Recreation / Outdoor Life Magazine during the 1920s and early 1930s.
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  • Calling the Moose
    circa 1912
    Oil on canvas
    63.5 cm (25 in.) x 91.4 cm (35.98 in.)
    Private collection.

    Paintings such as The Northwood King by Philip Goodwin provide evidence of his prowess as an artist, established firmly by his studies with, and close observation of, some of the most accomplished Western American artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Having initially studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Drexell Institute of Art in Philadelphia, Goodwin caught the attention of illustrator Howard Pyle and was invited to join his new artist colony in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Under the tutelage of Pyle, who was also responsible for educating N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parish, Harvey Dunn, Frank Schoonover and others, Goodwin developed a keen appreciation for dramatic subjects and composition.

    Following his early success as an illustrator, thanks in part to Pyle’s support, Goodwin set out for New York City, where he took up a studio on 23rd Street and began a notable career as a commercial illustrator. Goodwin’s insatiable love for the outdoors resulted in his connection with like-minded artists who had also settled in the metropolis. Over the next few decades, Goodwin would befriend, learn from and, in some cases, influence Edward Borein, Charles Russell, William Herbert Dunton and Carl Rungius, among others. His quiet and trusting demeanor helped him secure good friends and his talents allowed him to realize significant commissions from agencies such as Brown & Bigelow, magazines and periodicals such as Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as the enviable position of illustrator for Jack London’s Call of the Wild and Theodore Roosevelt’s African Game Trails.

    Images like The Northwood King represent the culmination of Goodwin’s various experiences. The work exhibits the artist’s foundation in illustration with its high key light in the vibrant sky and accents of red in the figure’s clothing. In subject, accuracy, and dynamic moment, the present work relies heavily on Goodwin’s own experiences in the outdoors with his good friend and mentor Charles Russell. Having spent significant time in the field, including a number of visits to Russell’s Bull Head Lodge on Lake McDonald in northwestern Montana, Goodwin was very familiar with the hunting process. The pair were known to have dressed up on a number of occasions, playfully developing subjects, and having Russell’s wife Nancy document them for future inspirations.

    The anatomical exactness of the moose, as well as the use of balanced compositional design in the present work also shows the influence of celebrated American wildlife painter Carl Rungius, with whom Goodwin went on a Canadian hunting expedition in 1911. Goodwin would have been well acquainted with the elements of composition design, as laid down in his formal education and proven by the triangular compositional element seen in The Northwood King. The action of the figure taking aim at the moose leads the viewer back into the composition and the action culminates at the very point of the triangle. This compositional device became characteristic of Goodwin’s most accomplished paintings. The technique, a strict version of which Rungius was known to employ, is further evidenced in the three strong diagonals of the composition established by the reclining guide with the call in hand, the rifle of the hunter and the isolated dark green tree line, set against a vibrant sky, across the top of the composition. When the viewer’s eye follows each diagonal element, he or she is led through the open left-hand portion of the composition, up through the outstretched legs of the guide, and eventually to the rifle, and on to the moose itself. These powerful diagonals heighten the drama, allowing for generations to vicariously live out their adventure fantasies in works like The Northwood King.

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Philip R. GoodwinPhilip R. Goodwin was a precocious child, painting and drawing from a young age. At age 11, he sold his first illustrated story to Collier's. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Students League in New York City, the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, as well as under famed illustrator Howard Pyle at the Howard Pyle School. At the age of 22, in 1903, Goodwin illustrated Jack London's Call of the Wild and later Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails as well as posters, calendars, and other advertisements. In 1904, he opened a studio in New York, where he created illustrations for Collier's Weekly, Everybody's Magazine, Outdoor Life, and McClure's Magazine, as well as covers for The Saturday Evening Post. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman and befriended Charles Russell, N.C. Wyeth, Carl Rungius, Theodore Roosevelt, Will Rogers, and Ernest Seton Thompson. Rungius taught Goodwin an appreciation for hunting in order to become closer to wildlife subjects. Traveling on many sketching expeditions together, Goodwin influenced Russell's painting techniques and use of color.

In the National Museum of Wildlife Art's The Surprise, a photographer is coming upon a mother bear and her two cubs. The painting exemplifies Goodwin's open color palette, use of distance and atmosphere, and sense of humor. He painted many wildlife, hunting, fishing, and western scenes, often composed from behind the subject's shoulder.

Goodwin's work is recognized in many private collections and museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Charles M. Russell Museum, the Thomas Gilcrease Institute, the Brandywine River Museum, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Glenbow Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.