Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné
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Graphite pencil and crayon on paper
18 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (47.6 x 62.9 cm)
Recto, in pencil, upper left: A. Gorky / 44
Verso not seen
Julien Levy Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky, March 6–31, 1945. (Exhibition brochure: Breton 1945b).
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, Drawings for Principal Paintings by Gorky, September 26–October 22, 1955.
Washburn Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky, In Memory, November 2–28, 1978, no. 7, as "Untitled".
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Arshile Gorky 1904–1948: A Retrospective, April 24–July 19, 1981, no. 175, ill. in b/w, p. 201, as "Drawing". Traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, September 12–November 6, 1981; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 3, 1981–February 28, 1982.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Campaign for Art. Drawings, Part I, May 14–September 18, 2016.
Kramer, Hilton. "Month in Review: Drawings from Gorky's Last Years." Arts Magazine (New York) 30 (October 1955), ill. in b/w, p. 49, as "Drawing".
Levy, Julien. Arshile Gorky. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1966. Monograph, pl. 127, ill. in b/w, p. 151, as "Drawing".
Rathbone, Eliza E. "Arshile Gorky: The Plow and the Song." In American Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artist. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1978. Exhibition catalogue, fig. 20, ill. in b/w, p. 72, as "Drawing".


Having reduced his activity as a dealer during the early years of the war, Julien Levy (1906–1981) moved his gallery to its final location of 42 East 57th Street in March 1943. He signed a contract with Gorky in December 1944. Levy had known Gorky for over ten years at this point, without having shown an interest in representing his work. He offered the artist a contract following a recommendation from André Breton (1896–1966), who promised to write an introductory essay to Gorky’s debut solo show, which opened in March 1945.1

This drawing is among the first selection of works that Levy received from the artist on December 21, 1944, and, based on this fact, it is probable, though unconfirmed, that it was included in the 1945 exhibition.

1. Julien Levy Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky, March 6–31, 1945.

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