Arshile Gorky (Vostanik Manoog Adoyan) (1904 – 1948)

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Gorky, Portrait of Master Bill

Portrait of Master Bill
1929-1936 Oil on Canvas

Gorky, Abstraction with a Palette

Abstraction with a Palette
1930 Oil on Canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Gorky, The Hill

1944 Oil on Canvas 167 x 178.2 cm
Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Gorky, Study for Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia

Study for Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia
1932 Ink on Paper 51.1 x 73 cm
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Gorky, Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man
1924 Oil on Canvas 51 x 40.8 cm

Gorky was an Armenian-American artist, influential in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Gorky was born in Khorgom, Armenia. While it is believed Gorky was born in 1904, the exact date of his birth is unknown. Gorky left home in 1915 during a time of genocide and political unrest in Armenia. While his father left for America, Gorky and his sisters fled to Russia.

Gorky, Bound in Sleep (Composition 6)

Bound in Sleep (Composition 6)
1925 Oil on Canvas 63.7 x 24 cm

Gorky, The Barber (Composition No 5)

The Barber (Composition No 5)
1933 Oil on Paperboard 44.4 x 21.6 cm

Gorky, Child of an Idumean Night (Composition No 4)

Child of an Idumean Night (Composition No 4)
1936 Oil on Burlap 30.4 x 20.4 cm

In 1920 Gorky immigrated to America to reunite with his father. Unfortunately their relationship was uneasy and Gorky decided to set-up a new life independently. Gorky often told people he was of Russian heritage and a relation of Maxim Gorky.

Gorky, Aztec Father (Man's Head)

Aztec Father (Man’s Head)
1925 Oil on Fiberboard 50.5 x 30.2 cm

Gorky, Self-Portrait at the Age of Nine

Self-Portrait at the Age of Nine
1928 Oil on Canvas 31.1 x 26 cm

A couple of years after moving to America, Gorky started enrolled at the New School of Design in Boston, studying both impressionism and post-impressionism. Gorky eventually moved to New York, where he began teaching at the Grand Central School of Art. Over time, Gorky moved away from impressionism and experimented with both cubism and surrealism.

Gorky,  Objects

1932 Ink on Paper 56.1 x 75.9 cm

Gorky, Garden in Sochi

Garden in Sochi
1941 Oil on Canvas 112.4 x 158.1 cm

While Gorky befriended many artists in New York, he led a troubled personal life. A bout with cancer, a broken neck, a paralyzed arm, and a failed marriage were a few of the unfortunate circumstances that plagued Gorky’s life. At the age of forty-four Gorky could not bare to go through any more pain, and took his own life by hanging himself in Sherman, Connecticut.

Gorky,  Agony

1947 Oil on Canvas 40 x 50.5 in

While Gorky’s life ended early, his legacy has continued. Gorky’s paintings are now in almost every major American art collection, both in the United States and internationally. Do you think you own a painting by Arshile Gorky? Contact us. We are the Gorky experts.