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Arshile Gorky

Abstract Painter
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Net worth 2018: $15 Million
Industry: Painters
Residence: Khorgom, Vilayet of Van, Ottoman Empire
Country: United States
BirthDay: 15 April 1904
Sigh: Taurus
Died On: July 21, 1948
Education: National Academy Museum and School

Arshile Gorky was bornon 15 April 1904 in Khorgom, Vilayet of Van, Ottoman Empire, American, is Abstract Painter. Arshile Gorky was a talented Armenian born American painter who was regarded as the connection between American ‘Abstract Expressionist’ movement and the ‘European Surrealist’ themes in painting. He emigrated to the United States of America when he was young. Though he received very little formal training, he was predominantly a self- taught artist who was deeply influenced by various concepts and movements like Impressionism, Postimpressionism, Surrealism, Abstract expressionism, etc throughout his career. Several of his paintings contain abstractions that were regarded as memories from his childhood in Armenia. In the mid 1940’s, Arshile Gorky faced several personal tragedies including the destruction of his studio, surgery for rectal cancer, an automobile accident resulting in a brief period of paralysis and a disturbed married life. This led him to commit suicide. However, his works are believed to have made a strong impact on American art, and he is considered one among the most influential painters in America in the 20th century. His works are exhibited in almost all major museums of America such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, to name a few.


In 2005, his family formed a non-profit corporation named the ‘Arshile Gorky Foundation’ to talk about the life, achievements and works of the artist


Stephen Watt created a poem titled The Verb ‘To be’ (Gramsci & Caruso, Periplum 2003), which is dedicated to Arshile Gorky


On July 21, 1948, Arshile Gorky hanged himself to death at Sherman, Connecticut


Arshile Gorky faced multiple catastrophes in 1946, when his studio was burnt down, and the same year he had to undergo a painful colostomy surgery for rectal cancer


In 1941, he married Agnes Magruder, daughter of Admiral John H


These influences are visible in many paintings created by him during the early 1940s especially in ‘The Liver is the Cock's Comb’


In 1935, he signed a 3 year deal with the Guild Art gallery, which was cofounded by Margaret Lefranc and Anna Walinska


Two years later, in 1933, he was among the initial artists to be hired by Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project


In 1931, his works were exhibited and sold at the Down Town Gallery in New York


Among the paintings he worked during this phase include the works ‘Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia’ (1930–1934), which were a series of paintings


His notable works include ‘Landscape in the Manner of Cézanne’ (1927), ‘Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia’ (1930–1934) and ‘The Liver is the Cock's Comb’ (1944)


Later, by 1925 he became an instructor at the Grand Central School of Art and taught there till 1931


Arshile Gorky settled in New York in 1924, and enrolled in the National Academy of Design and the Grand Central School of Art


In 1922, he attended the Scott Carbee School of Art in Boston for a brief period


Towards the end of the 1920s and beginning of the next decade, he began experimenting with cubism and later moving on to surrealism


Post the Armenian Genocide of 1915, Arshile Gorkey escaped into Russian territory with his mother and sister, Vartoosh


His father left the family and migrated to America in 1908


Arshile Gorky was born Vostanik Manoug Adoian, on 15 April 1904 at Khorgom in Ottoman Empire to Setrag Adoian and Shushanig (Shushan) der Marderosian


He had two siblings - an older sister, Satenig born in 1901 and a younger sister, Vartoosh

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