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Arshile Gorky Virtosu Art Gallery

Arshile Gorky Abstract artist Bio

Arshile Gorky his life and work

Arshile Gorky is known as a pioneer of this new abstract painting that developed in New York after World War II. Born Vosdanik Adoian in the village of Khorkom, Armenia, Gorky's idyllic childhood was cut short by the Turkish invasion of Armenia and its ensuing ethnic persecution. Gorky's dad and other relatives had fled to America before; the boy lived with his mother and sister as refugees in Russian-occupied territory. A year later, at sixteen, Gorky emigrated to the USA. His was an enormous journey, geographically and culturally, which would leave the artist using a permanent longing for the gardens, orchards, and wheat areas of his rural homeland.

Gorky lived in New England from 1920 to 1924 and between 1922 and 1924 attended the New School of Design in Boston. By 1926 he had moved into New York City, where over the next decade he taught painting, fulfilled other adventuresome artists, joined the Federal Arts Project, and exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art.

Arshile Gorky art

Arshile Gorky's contributions to American and world art are hard to overestimate. His job as a lyrical abstraction was a"new language. He has lit the way for two generations of American artists. The artistic spontaneity of previous works like 1 Year the Milkweed (1944), and The Betrothal II (1947), The Liver is the Cock's Comb (1944), instantly prefigured Abstract expressionism, and leaders at the New York School have confessed Gorky's significant influence.

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.” - Arshile Gorky

In New York, he studied contemporary European art, and his work of the 1930s reveals the effect of such artists as Cézanne, Miro, Pablo Picasso, Braque, Léger, and many others. From the early 1940s, through the rediscovery of the American countryside and assimilation of surrealism, Gorky had found his leadership. For the next seven decades, until his death at age forty-four, he painted highly original abstractions that unite memories of his Armenian youth with surrealist fantasies in functions characterized by billowing shapes and exotic colours.

As it defined his adolescent years, tragedy formed the conclusion of Gorky's life. A fire in his Connecticut studio ruined over thirty of his works. Following an operation for cancer and a debilitating car crash, he had been abandoned by his wife and two kids.

As it defined his teenage years, tragedy shaped the end of Gorky's life. A fire in his Connecticut studio destroyed more than thirty of his works. After an operation for cancer and a debilitating car crash, he was abandoned by his wife and two children. On 21 July 1948 Gorky committed suicide.
“I do not paint in front of but from within nature.” -Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky Artist statement

Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes....Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.

We are part of the world creation, and we ourselves create nothing. Our knowledge allows us to make use of all the forces already in existence, our art to interpret emotions already felt. One big war, an epidemic, and we collapse into ignorance and darkness, fit sons of chimpanzees.

Year After Year, Arshile Gorky

Year After Year  Arshile Gorky Virtosu Art Gallery
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