Arshile Gorky – Works and Writings

Robert S. Mattison. Ediciones Polígrafa 2009. Englisch. 160 Seiten, 110 Abb. 22,3 x 28,8 cm. 1,1 kg. Fester Einband mit Schutzumschlag. 9788434312210. art-19069
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Born on the shores of Lake Van (Armenia) and emigrated to the United States in 1920, Arshile Gorky (c.1902-1948) was one of the greatest American painters of the twentieth century and a seminal figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement.
Meyer Schapiro called him a «fervent scrutinizer» of paintings,and it was certainly a crucial element of Gorky’s self-teaching:the ability to look at art and pick out the fundamental aspects in the works of the masters.Something corroborated by the assessment of his close friend De Kooning:“for some mysterious reason,he knew lots more about painting,and art––he just knew it by nature––things i was supposed to know and feel and understand––he really did it better.He had an extraordinary gift for hitting the nail on the head.” Although Gorky’s life was cut short by his suicide in 1948,the impressive body of work that he left behind secured his reputation as the last of the great surrealist painters and one of the first abstract expressionists.