Arshile Gorky, ‘Untitled (Pastoral)’, Christie's

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

Untitled (Pastoral)

oil and graphite on canvas

44 x 56 in. (111.8 x 142.2 cm.)

Painted _circa_1947.

Signature: Untitled (Pastoral)

Beverly Hills, Gagosian Gallery, Masters of the Gesture, October-November 2010.

New York, Gagosian Gallery, Arshile Gorky: 1947, May-July 2011.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Joan Miró and Arshile Gorky: In Dialogue, October 2013-May 2014.

Estate of the Artist

Acquired from the above by the present owners

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