Arshile Gorky, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

Untitled

inscribed with the artist's name by the artist's widow 'Arshile Gorky by AGP' (on the reverse)

charcoal and graphite on paper

19 x 24 3/4 in. (48.2 x 62.8 cm.)

Executed in 1938-40.

Signature: inscribed with the artist's name by the artist's widow 'Arshile Gorky by AGP' (on the reverse)

New York, Gagosian Gallery, Arshile Gorky: Paintings and Drawings 1929-1942, October 1998-January 1999, pp. 82-83, no. 20 (illustrated in color).

Estate of Arshile Gorky

Private collection

Gagosian Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above 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