Photo: Jerry L. Thompson
Graphite pencil and crayon on paper
19 1/8 x 24 7/8 in. (48.6 x 63.2 cm)
Recto, in pencil, lower left: A Gorky / 46
Verso not seen
Verso not seen
Private collection (November 16, 2018)
1947a New York possiblyJulien Levy Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky: Colored Drawings, February 18–March 8, 1947.
1964 New Haven possiblyYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Max Ernst and Arshile Gorky from the Collection of Julien Levy, March 19–May 3, 1964, no. 26, as "Drawing".
1969 College Park possiblyJ. Millard Tawes Fine Arts Center, University of Maryland Art Department and Art Gallery, College Park, The Drawings of Arshile Gorky, March 20–April 27, 1969 (Exhibition catalogue: Joyner 1969), no. 34 (Drawings, Sketches, Gouaches), p. 54, as "Untitled".
. Traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, September 12–November 6, 1981; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 3, 1981–February 28, 1982.
. Traveled to: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, January 19–March 25, 1990.
. Traveled to: Menil Collection, Houston, March 5–May 9, 2004.
(Exhibition catalogue: Taylor 2009a), pl. 151, ill. in color, p. 312; p. 392, as "Untitled". Traveled to: Tate Modern, London, February 10–May 3, 2010; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, June 6–September 20, 2010.
Reiff, Robert. "The Late Works of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Estimate." Art Journal (New York) 22, no. 3 (Spring 1963), fig. 4, ill. b/w, p. 152, as "Drawing".
Levy, Julien. Arshile Gorky. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1966. Monograph, pl. 165, ill. in b/w, p. 189, as "Untitled," dated 1946.
Reiff, Robert. "Arshile Gorky's Object Matter." Arts Magazine (New York) 50, no. 7 (March 1976), ill. in b/w, p. 93, as "Drawing".
Seitz, William C. Abstract Expressionist Painting in America. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press for the National Gallery of Art, 1983.
Baker, Kenneth. "Borrowed Glory." San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2000, discussed p. E3, as Untitled.
Watermark / Stamp: Strathmore
Strathmore paper with blindstamp, lower left: STRATHMORE / [thistle] / ARTIST
Based on the fact that this drawing was known to have been in the inventory of the Julien Levy Gallery, it is probable, though unconfirmed, that it was included in the gallery's exhibition Arshile Gorky: Colored Drawings which opened in mid-February 1947.