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THE GERALD L. LENNARD FOUNDATION COLLECTION

Arshile Gorky
UNTITLED (STUDY FOR ORATORS III)
Estimate
350,000450,000
JUMP TO LOT
168

THE GERALD L. LENNARD FOUNDATION COLLECTION

Arshile Gorky
UNTITLED (STUDY FOR ORATORS III)
Estimate
350,000450,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Arshile Gorky
1904 - 1948
UNTITLED (STUDY FOR ORATORS III)
graphite, chalk and pastel on paper
21 by 27 7/8 in. 52.3 by 70.8 cm.
Executed in 1946-1947.
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This work is recorded in the Arshile Gorky Foundation Archives under number D1560.

Provenance

Collection of David Hare, Roxbury (gift of the artist)
Stephen Mazoh & Co., Inc., New York
Allan Stone Gallery, New York (acquired from the above in 1984)
Private Collection, Greenwich (acquired from the above in 1987)
Allan Stone Gallery, New York
Private Collection, San Francisco (acquired from the above in 1997)
Sotheby's, New York, 12 November 2002, Lot 3
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"The Orators was approached directly, and there are only small divergences between the studies and the finished work. Gorky pursued this project with intense single-mindedness and no vacillation. Curiously, the investigation of meaning in Gorky's art has centered on this one painting...The general interpretations shall subsequently be proven correct, borne out by the details of the painting itself; yet the curious aspects of these observations is not so much that they are mostly in agreement, but that this kind of inquiry about the actual contents of Gorky's work seem to have been limited to speculation about this one painting. While interpretations emerged for several of Gorky's compositions, none was ever presented as forcefully, or with as much convincing and specific detail. For the most part, investigation of Gorky's intentions started and ended with The Orators."
Harry Rand, Arshile Gorky: The Implications of Symbols, London 1981, p. 139-141

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