Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

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Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky

One of the most famous contemporary artists, the founder of Abstract Surrealism, Gorky was described by Andre Breton as the most important painter in American history. was born in Western Armenia, in the village of Khorgom on the banks of Lake Van. In 1915, Gorky (Vostanik-Manuk Adoyan) escaped Turkish massacres with thousands of others refugees by fleeing to Yerevan, where his mother died of famine. In 1920 he came to the US. His whole life in the new country, which ended in suicide, consisted of years of hard work and bitter struggle.

Gorky made a thorough study of the art of ancient peoples, including the Armenians, and passed through all the stages in modern art until his efforts crystallized in his own personal style. Taking his artistic language to its limits and hiding in plants, flowers, a plough and peasant attire the deep meaning of life, Gorky achieved a superb harmony of idea and feeling. His work was a disturbing poem of great love and nostalgia, and the retrospective of his work in the Guggenheim Museum in 1984 was quite rightly described as Armenian-American art

Garden in Sochi 1940

Garden in Sochi 1940

Garden in Sochi 1941

Garden in Sochi 1941

How My Mother's Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life, 1944

How My Mother's Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life, 1944

The Plow and the Song, 1947

The Plow and the Song, 1947

Agony, 1947

Agony, 1947

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