Arshile Gorky (Vostanik Manoog Adoyan) (1904 – 1948)
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1929-1936 Oil on Canvas
1930 Oil on Canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art
1944 Oil on Canvas 167 x 178.2 cm
Guggenheim Collection, Venice
1932 Ink on Paper 51.1 x 73 cm
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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.
1925 Oil on Canvas 63.7 x 24 cm
1933 Oil on Paperboard 44.4 x 21.6 cm
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.
1925 Oil on Fiberboard 50.5 x 30.2 cm
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.
1932 Ink on Paper 56.1 x 75.9 cm
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.
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.