Arshile Gorky (Armenian, 1904-1948).
Oil on canvas.
"Surrealism was the catalyst that fired Gorky toward a new level of experimentation and the culmination of his personal artistic style. Armenia, his hometown of Khorkom, and his childhood garden were all the wellspring of Gorky’s imagination - the forms, rhythms, lines, colors and creatures of his vision that are woven throughout the pictorial and stylistic vocabulary of the paintings of 1938 to 1948, his last and most important decade. As he wrote his sister in 1942, "loving memories of our garden in Armenia’s Khorkom haunt me frequently. ….Beloved sister, in my art I often draw our garden and recreate its precious greenery and life. Can a son forget the soil which sires him?”