Arshile Gorky. Garden in Sochi. 1941
Arshile Gorky

Garden in Sochi

1941
Not on view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
44 1/4 x 62 1/4" (112.4 x 158.1 cm)
Credit
Purchase Fund and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang S. Schwabacher (by exchange)
Object number
335.1942
Copyright
© 2015 Estate of Arshile Gorky / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

Gorky created three paintings titled Garden in Sochi. Like the others, this, the earliest example, features an abstract composition inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of his native Armenia. Shortly after MoMA acquired the work in 1942, Gorky wrote to the Museum explaining the imagery: “My father had a little garden with a few apple trees which had retired from giving fruit. There was a ground constantly in shade where grew incalculable amounts of wild carrots, and porcupines had made their nests.” Like many of his peers Gorky was interested in exploring mythic subject matter in his work; uniquely, he located these themes in his personal history.

Gallery label from Abstract Expressionist New York, October 3, 2010-April 25, 2011

Provenance Research Project
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The artist, United States. 1941
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through an exchange with Wolfgang Schwabacher, 1942

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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