This drawing belongs to the first series Gorky would create based on his childhood memories of Armenia. The title refers to Khorkum (Xhorkom), the small village near Lake Van where Gorky was born. Unlike the large contemporaneous Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia series, the Khorkom group consists of two paintings and at least eight fully rendered drawings in both ink and graphite. The composition of this drawing relates closely to a painting in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Museum and a drawing in the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Stylistically, the biomorphic forms and rhythmic linear elements of Study for Image in Xhorkom reveal Gorky's interest in Surrealist artists such as André Masson and Joan Miró.
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