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Arshile Gorky ( AR-sheel GOR-kee; born Vostanik Manoug Adoian, Armenian: Ոստանիկ Մանուկ Ատոյեան; April 15, 1904 – July 21, 1948) was an Armenian-American painter who had a seminal influence on Abstract Expressionism. He spent the last years of his life as a national of the United States. Along with Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Gorky has been hailed as one of the most powerful American painters of the 20th century. The suffering and loss he experienced in the Armenian genocide had crucial influence at Gorky's development as an artist.
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American, Armenian
Artist, Pen Draftsman, Muralist, Still Life Artist, Painter, Sculptor
Arshile Gorky, Vostanig Adoian, Manouk Adoian, Vosdanig Manoog Adoian, Arshil Gorki, Osdanig-Manug Atoyan, Osdanig-Manug Atoian, Ostanik-Manuk Adoyan, Ostanik-Manuk Adoian, Ostanik-Manuk Adoyean, Vostanik-Manuk Adoian, Arshil Gorʹkiĭ, Arshil Gorky, Wostanig Adoyan, Arshil Gorki Adoyan, Arshile Gorky Adoian, Archele Gorki, Archel Gorki, Arshile Gorkij, Adoian Gorky, Archel Gorky, Archele Gorky, a. gorky
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