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      //ARSHILE GORKY//



      • Known as: Armenian-American abstract expressionist painter
      • Born: April 15, 1904, Van, Turkish Armenia
      • Birthname: Vostanik Manoog Adoyan
      • Date of death: July 21, 1948, Sherman, Connecticut, US (suicide)
      • Buried: North Cemetery, Sherman, US



    • Arshile Gorky's life began and ended in tragedy. When he was just 11, he fled Van during the Turkish genocide of Armenians. During the genocide, his mother died of starvation in his arms. He was never close to his father.

      He ended his life at just 44 by hanging himself. Preceding that was a catalogue of tragedy. He had a cancer operation in 1946, and had a car crash which broke his neck and temporarily paralyzed his painting arm. His wife left him and took the children. Oh, and his studio barn burned down.

      In-between came his work. He arrived in the US in 1920 and worked in New York around 1925. Two years later he started to paint Cubist paintings. By 1940, his work had a Surrealist ic influence.


      Selected Works:


      • Artist and His Mother (New York, Whitney Museum) (c.1926-36)
      • Landscape in the Manner of Cezanne (1927)
      • Landscape, Staten Island (1927-1928)
      • Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia (1930-4)
      • Composition (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) (1936-9)
      • Painting (Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, US) (1936-7)
      • The Artist's Mother (charcoal) (Art Institute of Chicago, IL., US) (1938)
      • The Liver is the Cock's Comb (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US) (1944)
      • Virginia Landscape (Cincinnati Art Museum, OH, US) (1944)
      • Landscape-Table (Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, France) (1945)
      • The Betrothal, II (Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, US) (1947)
      • Summation ( pencil, pastel, charcoal) (Museum of Modern Art, NY) (1947)


      Collections:

      • Baltimore
      • Buffalo
      • Chicago
      • London (Tate)
      • New York (Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum)
      • Oberlin Ohio
      • San Francisco
      • Tuscon Ariz. (Univ.)
      • Utica NY (Munson-Williams-Proctor)




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      arshile gorky / organization arshile gorky / water of the flowery mill arshile gorky / compoition, 1936 arshile gorky / virginia landscape, 1944 arshile gorky / painting, 1936-37 arshile gorky / summation

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