Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)
Property from the Collection of Courtney Sale Ross
Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)

Study for the Betrothal

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)
Study for the Betrothal
signed 'a Gorky' (lower left)
graphite and wax crayon on paper
24 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (61.9 x 48.6 cm.)
Executed circa 1946-1947.
Estate of the artist
Agnes Phillips, New York, 1948
Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1982
H. Rosenberg, Arshile Gorky: The Man, The Time, The Idea, New York, 1962, p. 107 (illustrated).
J. Levy, Arshile Gorky, New York, 1966, no. 180 (illustrated).
I.H. Sandler, The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism. New York, 1970, p. 58, no. 3-16 (illustrated).
American Art at Mid–Century: The Subjects of the Artist, exh. cat., Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, 1978, p. 68, no. 12 (illustrated).
H. Rand, Arshile Gorky: The Implication of Symbols, London, 1980, p. 176, no. 10-7 (illustrated).
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Minneapolis, The Walker Art Center and The San Francisco Museum of Art, Arshile Gorky Memorial Exhibition, January-July 1951, no. 92.
New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Drawings for Principal Paintings by Gorky, September-October 1955.
New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Late Drawings by Gorky, September-October 1959, no. 33 (illustrated).
Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, University Gallery, Gorky Drawings, October-December 1960.
New York, The Art Center of the New School, An Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture by 15 Noted Contemporary Artists, May-June 1961.
New York, The Museum of Modern Art and Washington, D.C., The Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Arshile Gorky, Paintings, Drawings, Studies, December 1962-April 1963, p. 42, no. 102 (illustrated).
London, The Tate Gallery; Brussels, Palais des Beaux Arts and Rotterdam, Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Arshile Gorky, Paintings and Drawings, April-August 1965, no. 85 (illustrated).
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Gorky: Drawings, November-December 1969, p. 52, no. 144 (illustrated).
New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Arshile Gorky, 1904-1948: A Retrospective, April 1981-February 1982, p. 220, no. 197 (illustrated).
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery and Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Collection in Context: Gorky's Betrothals, October 1993-June 1994, no. 3 (illustrated).
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art and Houston, The Menil Collection, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings, November 2003-May 2004, p. 77, no. 30 (illustrated).
Further details
This work is recorded in the Arshile Gorky Foundation Archives under number D1494.

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