Collection: Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky was a leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. He was born Vosdanig Adoian in Armenia in 1904 and immigrated to the United States in the early 1920s, where he changed his name and began studying art. Gorky's early work was heavily influenced by European modernist styles, but he eventually developed his own unique style characterized by biomorphic shapes, flowing lines, and vibrant colors.Gorky's work was deeply personal and often reflected his struggles with identity, trauma, and loss. His later paintings are considered some of the most important works in the Abstract Expressionist canon, with their emphasis on process, gestural mark-making, and emotional intensity. Unfortunately, Gorky's life was cut short when he committed suicide in 1948 at the age of 44. Despite his brief career, his impact on the art world was profound and continues to influence artists to this day.