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Arshile Gorky, American, b. Khorkom, Armenia, 1904–1948  Search this
Oil, india ink, and conte crayon on canvas
38 1/8 × 50 1/8 in. (96.7 × 127.1 cm)
The artist, New York
Julien Levy, New York
Mr. and Mrs. John Stephan, Greenwich, Connecticut, by November 1948-1962
Ruth (Stephan) Wagreen Franklin, by 1962-1976
New York City Health and Hospital Corporation/Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, 1976
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, 27 May 1976, sale no. 3882, lot 331
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 27 May 1976-31 August 1981
Estate of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1981-1986
The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Exhibition History:
JULIEN LEVY GALLERY, New York. "Arshile Gorky," 29 February-20 March 1948.
JULIEN LEVY GALLERY, New York. "Arshile Gorky: 1905-1948," 16 November-4 December 1948, no. 8.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Arshile Gorky Memorial
Exhibition," 5 January-18 February 1951, no. 52. Tour: WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, 4 March-22 April; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 9 May-9 July.
XXXI BIENNALE INTERNAZIONALE D'ARTE, Venice. Salle XXXVII and XXVIII, 16 June-7 October 1962, no. 24.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Arshile Gorky: Paintings, Drawings, Studies," 17 December 1962-12 February 1963, no. 118, ill. p. 48. Tour: WASHINGTON GALLERY OF MODERN ART, Washington, DC, 12 March-14 April.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Arshile Gorky: Paintings and Drawings," 2 April-2 May
1965, no. 100, ill. Tour: PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS, Brussels, 22 May-27 June; MUSEUM BOYMANS VAN BEUNINGEN, Rotterdam, 9 July-15 August, no. 144.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Dada, Surrealism and Their Heritage," 27 March-9 June 1968, no. 266, ill. p. 172. Tour: LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 26 July-8 September; ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 19 October-8 December.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Selections from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest," 7 August-16 November 1986, unpublished checklist, no. 41.
MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH. "Arshile Gorky: The Breakthrough Years," 13 January-17 March 1996, no. 21, pp. 130-131, ill. Tour: NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC, 14 May-17 September 1995; ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, Buffalo, 13 October-31 December 1995.
FUNDACIO "LA CAIXA," CENTRO CULTURAL, Barcelona. "Between Art and Life: From Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art," 28 January-28 March 1999. Tour: SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE, Frankfurt, 21 April-4 July.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART. "Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective," 21 October 2009-10 January 2010, cat. Tour: TATE MODERN, London, 10 February-3 May; MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Los Angeles, 6 June-20 September.
WALLRAF-RICHARTZ-MUSEUM & FONDATION CORBOUD. "Once Upon a Time in America: Three Centuries of US-American Art," 23 November 2018-24 March 2019.
Published References:
GREENBERG, CLEMENT. "Art," Nation 166 (20 March 1948), p. 332.
STEPHAN, JOHN, ed. Tiger's Eye 1 (15 October 1949), p. 51.
SCHWABACHER, ETHEL K. Arshile Gorky (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1957), fig. 62, p. 135.
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. Arshile Gorky: The Man, The Time, The Idea (New York: Horizon Press, 1962), ill. p. 113.
REIFF, ROBERT. "Late Works," Art Journal 22, no. 3 (Spring 1963), p. 149.
LEVY, JULIEN. Arshile Gorky (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1966), pl. 189, p. 36.
REIFF, ROBERT F. A Stylistic Analysis of Arshile Gorky's Art from 1943-1948 (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., 1977), fig. 70, p. 348.
JORDAN, JIM M. and ROBERT GOLDWATER. The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue (New York and London: New York University Press, 1982), no. 350, pp. 529-530, ill.
RICHARD, PAUL. "Hirshhorn: A Collector's Touch," Washington Post (9 August 1986), ill. p. D1; p. D8.
WEIL, REX. "Arshile Gorky: National Gallery of Art," Art News 94, no. 7 (September 1995), p. 147.
ROSENZWEIG, PHYLLIS. "Arshile Gorky," in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (Washington, DC and New York: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1996), color ill. p. 78.
UNSIGNED. Catalog, Christie's Post-War (Day Sale), 16 November 2000, fig. 1, p. 30.
ANFAM, DAVID, ed. Abstract Expressionism (London: Royal Academy Books, 2016), fig. 83.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
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