Arshile Gorky, ‘Head’, Christie's

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)


signed 'A. Gorky' (upper right)

oil on canvas

30 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (77.4 x 62.2 cm.)

Painted circa 1931-34.

Signature: signed 'A. Gorky' (upper right)

New York, The Downtown Gallery, Artists' Models: Opening Exhibition of Figure Paintings by Leading Contemporary American Artists, October, 1931.

J. M. Jordan and R. Goldwater, The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue, New York and London, 1982, no. 145 (illustrated).

The Estate of Arshile Gorky

Private collection, Europe

About Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky was one of the last great Surrealist painters and a major influence on (and early figure in) Abstract Expressionism. After emigrating to the U.S. in 1920, he devoted himself to apprenticeships in the style of other artists before developing his own personal vision. Through his friendships with Surrealist André Breton and painter Roberto Matta, he was introduced to automatic drawing and biomorphic imagery. Gorky's innovative, explosive landscapes used an abstract vocabulary to convey memories of his Armenian childhood alongside direct observations of nature.

Armenian-American, 1904-1948, Vosdanig Adoian, Armenia, based in New York, New York