Welcome to this web site dedicated to my grandfather, the artist, Henry B. Goode, Hungarian born in 1882 who immigrated to the United States around 1898 at the age of 16.
Although best known for his California landscapes and portraits of the Hollywood stars of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, Goode was, in actuality, a multi-talented artist, dress designer and sculptor besides being an accomplished cellist. Not only did he play for The New York Philharmonic, Goode also played with the Fox Film Corporation Orchestra (Fox Film Corporation merged with 20th Century Fox in 1935) – – both helped to showcase his musical talent.
Throughout my childhood and into adulthood, paintings of ballerinas, flower bouquets, pen and inks of movie stars, of Bach, Mozart and etchings of Einstein were a part of my life. Multi-media depictions of Art Linkletter, Groucho Marks, Tom Mix and religious figures surrounded me over the years. Glazed images of my sister, Joanie, on ceramic plates adorned our dining room wall; an oil painting of Blackie, our cocker spaniel, sat watch by the entrance door. I did know that my grandfather Henry B. Goode was the artist, but what I did not know what was the essence of my grandfather.
You see, he did not visit frequently thus few vivid memories. There was one of which I recall when he and I went to the ballet at the Greek Theatre. I but a child and he about 70, we sat on the hard wooden seats, I so happy with the presence and energy of my grandfather, so strong and sturdy. Later we visited his art studio in downtown Los Angeles . . . high ceilings, unfinished portraits, murals, paint brushes and sketches of more to come all lined his atelier. Art everywhere, but no room for much else . . . his art enveloped him and, at the same time, alienated him from his family.
Henry B. Goode continued to do his art until he died in 1966, his works scattered in private collections or on other family walls; some dwelled a lonely existence in storage units.
During the summer of 2011, I came into possession of a number of art works created by Goode. Although some were in disrepair, while others stood the artistic test of time, all demanded to be viewed. Staring at me and urging me on was the self portrait of my grandfather, and I vowed to create a way to chronicle his remaining works and have the world see his multiple talents. (Goode is a published artist whose works also appear on auction sites).
Gaps in the years of separation slowly began to fill with snippets of information culled from yellowed newspaper clippings, anecdotes from my sister Judith and from private collectors who had seen my comments on www.askart.com.
And, as a picture of the man Henry B. Goode began to develop, an artistic cathartic connecting of dots – – jagged holes of time – – began to take shape, and I began to discover those elusive years.
Goode’s art is divided into “Galleries.” Some of his works are signed, others not, and some need identification. I welcome your comments, questions and any information you may have (please do not use the “contact us” box below - – for any questions or comments please send to: email@example.com . . . thank you).
Linda (Lily) Goode Heath, Granddaugher of Henry B. Goode