This is a painting that should prove attractive to a collector of Alaskana or Alaskan art. One of a number of works by this talented artist that I have owned and offered over the years (and one of several currently in the shop) is this oil on canvasboard, (11 1/2" by 9 3/4" as framed), signed at lower right with the typical signature "Henne". The landscape a male moose at center, contemplating his spectacular mountain home. The painting is by the noted Alaskan painter ELLEN HENNE GOODALE (1915-1991). Goodale, who usually signed "Henne" and is probably best known by that name, came to be a familiar name in Alaskan art of the second half of the century. Born in Seattle, she studied in Pittsburgh and Ohio before returning to the west, where she spent time in Reno and San Francisco with her husband Harvey Goodale, himself a very well known painter of Alaska subject matter. By 1943 the Goodales were back in Alaska, in the panhandle region, before finally settling near Anchorage. Over the next fifty or so years Ellen painted prolifically. The typically encountered work is about this size and on canvasboard, as is this example. She painted caches, mountains, dog teams, auroras, and native Alaskans in native costume, going about their activities like ice fishing. Henne's work is identifiable from a considerable distance.
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