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Collection Museum of Fine Arts
Title Hunter's Cabin Door
Object ID MFA-39.08
Object Name Painting
Description Richard La Barre Goodwin cleverly enclosed three sides of this canvas with wood that he painted to look like a doorframe. Since the border also functions as the painting's frame, Hunter's Cabin Door is masterfully illusionistic from edge to edge.

Born in Albany, New York, Goodwin began his career as an itinerant portrait artist, but late created numerous still lifes in the trompe l'oeil style popular with contemporaries like William Harnett, An outdoorsman and hunting enthusiast, Goodwin often chose to paint gamebirds. Here, practical items such as a well-worn pair of boots, modest hat, and rifle are also depicted. The fashionable decorative items in John Haberle's similarly sized A Japanese Corner, hung nearby, provide contrast to this rustic scene painted in a similar style.
Artist GOODWIN, Richard La Barre
Date circa 1890
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-85.5 W-50 inches
Credit line Gift of Charles T. and Emilie Shean
On Exhibit Yes, Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts