Arshile Gorky. Garden in Sochi. 1941

Arshile Gorky

Garden in Sochi


Oil on canvas
44 1/4 x 62 1/4" (112.4 x 158.1 cm)
Purchase Fund and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang S. Schwabacher (by exchange)
Object number
© 2017 Estate of Arshile Gorky / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 13 other works online.
Arshile Gorky has 19 works online.
There are 2,311 paintings online.

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

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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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