World House Galleries, New York
Mrs Ursula Corning, New York
Joan Washburn Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Rome, Complesso del Vittoriano, Dada e surrealismo riscoperti, 2009, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Saint-Louis, Espace d'Art Contemporain Fernet-Branca, Chassé-croisé Dada-Surréaliste 1916-1969, 2012, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
These stylistic developments are eloquently expressed in the present canvas which forges a delicate balance between the biomorphic configurations of line and colour and the abstract sea of paint in which they float. This singular approach, which was still gaining momentum at the point when Gorky tragically took his own life, was to have a significant impact on the history of American art in the twentieth century. As John Golding explains, ‘By evolving a type of composition in which the picture surface becomes a field over which the painter ranges freely back and forth, and in which occasionally pockets of interest and complexity occur, but in which there is no one centre of focus or interest, Gorky was making one of his most important contributions to emergent revolutionary American art – towards what American painters of the 1940s used to call an ‘over-all’ type of painting’ (J. Golding in Arshile Gorky (exhibition catalogue), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1990, p. 23).
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