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1904 - 1948


graphite on paper

Sheet: 9⅝ by 12⅝ in. (24.5 by 32 cm.)

Framed: 16⅞ by 19¾ in. (43 by 50.2 cm)

Executed circa 1946-47. 

This work is recorded in the Arshile Gorky Foundation Archives under number D1326

This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged at the corners of the reverse to the backing board. There is slight overall discoloration to sheet, consistent with the age of the work. There is wear and minor soiling to the edges of the sheet and at the corners, visible upon close inspection. There are slight creases at the lower left, lower right and upper left corners, visible upon close inspection and under raking light. Framed under glass.

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Collection of Agnes Gorky Fielding, United States (acquired directly from the artist)

Galerie Marwan Hoss, Paris 

Claude Berri, Paris (acquired from the above in 2003)

Christie's Paris, Collection Claude Berri, 22 October 2016, Lot 36 B

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Paris, Galerie Marwan Hoss, Arshile Gorky, May - July 1993, illustrated, p. 47

"Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint. Drawing gives the artist the ability to control his line and hand. It develops in him the precision of line and touch. This is the path towards a masterwork"

(Arshile Gorky quoted in Karen Mooradian, Arshile Gorky Adoian, Chicago, 1978, p. 276)