Birthday of Armenian-American Painter, Arshile Gorky – April 15, 1904 – 1948


Arshile Gorky: Summation, 1947 – Pencil, pastel, and charcoal on buff paper mounted on composition board. MoMA

“This is a world’, Gorky said of Summation. But it is an ambiguous world. The plant– and animal–like forms that appear to blossom, flop, poke, and tickle each other defy identification, even while their forms are crisp and clear. Gorky’s interest in the Surrealist practice of spontaneous and unplanned ‘automatic’ drawing freed and mobilized his line, allowing him to create what Surrealist leader André Breton called ‘hybrids’, or linear units with multiple metaphoric meanings.

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