Arshile Gorky, ‘Still Life’, Christie's

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

Still Life

oil on canvas

28 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.4 cm.)

Painted circa 1928.

Signature: Still Life

Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery and Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum, La Galerie Basmadjian expose ses ouevres d'art principalement russes et arméniennes du XVI au XX siècle, July-August 1988, n.p. (illustrated in color).

J.M. Jordan and R. Goldwater, The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue, New York and London, 1982, pp. 187-188, no. 64 (illustrated).

Boyer Galleries, New York, acquired directly from the artist

Mrs. H. Warren Wilson, circa 1940

Private collection, Los Angeles

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 9 November 2011, lot 783

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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