William Newport Goodell, Womb of Creation

William Newport Goodell: Womb of Creation (1951) Oil on canvas
Womb of Creation
Oil on canvas
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Gift of Lynette Thwaites, 2011
65 x 65 in.

Goodell’s circular composition of three figures—man, woman, and child—suggests the cyclicality of life and the relationship between mortal love and the spiritual energy of the cosmos. Here we can sense that procreation is the purpose of sexuality. Love between the man and the woman creates the child, the child becomes the man or the woman, and the cycle continues.

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