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Arshile Gorky, Garden in Sochi

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Arshile Gorky
(American, born Armenia. 1904-1948)
Garden in Sochi
c. 1943

Gorky was referred to as “the godfather” of Abstract Expressionism and his works exemplify the cross currents of influences (ranging from the artistic and cultural to the personal) that the New York School. Like many of his artist peers, Gorky was interested in exploring mythical subject matter in his work. Uniquely, however, he located these themes in his personal history. This painting was inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of his native Armenia. He wrote, “My father had a little garden with a few apple trees which had retired from giving fruit. There was a ground constantly in shade where grew incalculable amounts of wild carrots, and porcupines had made their nests.”

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