ARSHILE GORKY (1904-1948)
ARSHILE GORKY (1904-1948)
ARSHILE GORKY (1904-1948)
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ARSHILE GORKY (1904-1948)


ARSHILE GORKY (1904-1948)
wax crayon and graphite on paper
18 5/8 x 23 1/2 in. (47.3 x 59.8 cm.)
Executed circa 1944.
Estate of Arshile Gorky, 1948
Galleria dell'Obelisco, Rome
Luigi Carluccio, Turin
Isabella del Frate Inc., New York
Allan Stone Gallery, New York, 1985
Private Collection, New York, 1985
By descent from the above to the present owner
A. Basaldella, Arshile Gorky, exh. cat., Rome, Galleria dell'Obelisco, 1957.
I. Brin, "Crónica de Roma", Goya, April–May 1957, p. 317 (illustrated).
"Paragone: Inghilterra–Stati Uni", Notiziario: La Medusa Studio d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, 28 July 1961, n.p., no. 2 (with title "Study for Agony")..
G. Marchiori and F. Russoli, La pittura moderna straniera nelle collezioni private italiane, 1961, n.p., no. 186 (illustrated).
L. Mallé and L. Carluccio, Le Muse Inquietanti: Maestri del Surrealismo, 1967, n.p., no. 259 (illustrated with title "Study for Agony").
E. Costello, ed., Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné, online, 2021–ongoing, no. D1588 (illustrated).
Rome, Galleria dell'Obelisco; Bologna, Galleria La Loggia, and Milano, Galleria Montenapoleone, Arshile Gorky, February-April 1957.
Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, La pittura moderna straniera nelle collezioni private italiane, March–April 1961.
Rome, Galleria La Medusa, Paragone: Inghilterra–Stati Uniti, June 1961.
Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Le Muse Inquietanti: Maestri del Surrealismo, November 1967–January 1968.
Further details
This work is included in the Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné as number D1588.

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Lot Essay

"Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint. Drawing gives the artist the ability to control his line and hand. It develops in him the precision of line and touch. This is the path towards a masterwork." (Arshile Gorky quoted in Karen Mooradian, Arshile Gorky Adoian, Chicago, 1978, p. 276)

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