Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné
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Photo: Peter Schälchli
D1398
[Drawing, Pastoral]
1946
Graphite pencil and crayon on paper
23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Recto, in pencil, center right: A. Gorky / 46
Verso not seen
Private collection
Exhibitions
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, Late Drawings by Gorky, September 28–October 24, 1959, no. 17, ill. in b/w, as "Drawing."
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Arshile Gorky, 1904–1948, December 19, 1962–February 12, 1963, no. 114, as "Drawing." Traveled to: Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, D.C, March 12–April 14, 1963.
M. Knoedler & Co. Inc, New York, Gorky: Drawings, November 25–December 27, 1969 (Exhibition catalogue: Jordan 1969), no. 102, p. 60, as "Drawing."
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Arshile Gorky 1904–1948: A Retrospective, April 24–July 19, 1981, no. 221, ill. in b/w, p. 238, as "Untitled." Traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, September 11–November 8, 1981; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 3, 1981–February 28, 1982.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings, November 20, 2003–February 15, 2004, no. 131, ill. in color, p. 223, as "Pastoral." Traveled to: Menil Collection, Houston, March 5–May 9, 2004.
Gagosian Gallery, London, Arshile Gorky: Virginia Summer 1946, February 10–April 1, 2010 (Exhibition catalogue: Anfam 2010), ill. in color, p. 37, as "Pastoral."
Gagosian Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky: 1947, May 6–July 1, 2011, as "Pastoral."
Hauser & Wirth, New York, Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943–47, November 2–December 23, 2017 (Exhibition catalogue: Spender and Devaney 2017).
Ca'Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, Venice, Italy, Arshile Gorky: 1904–1948, May 8–September 22, 2019, ill. in color, p. 203, as "Untitled."
Literature
Levy, Julien. Arshile Gorky. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1966. Monograph, pl. 169, ill. in b/w, p. 193, as "Drawing."
Jordan, Jim M. Gorky: Drawings. New York: M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., 1969. Exhibition catalogue (1969e New York), fig. 4, ill. in b/w, p. 12, as "Untitled Drawing."
Rand, Harry. Arshile Gorky: The Implication of Symbols. London and Montclair, N.J.: George Prior and Allanheld & Schram, 1980, 1981. Monograph, fig. 12–10, ill. in b/w, p. 190, as "Drawing."
Rand, Harry. Arshile Gorky: The Implication of Symbols. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1991. Monograph, fig. 12–10, ill. in b/w, p. 213, as "Drawing."
Notes
Watermark / Stamp: Strathmore
Strathmore paper with blindstamp, lower left: STRATHMORE / [thistle] / ARTIST
The drawing was examined framed; no documentation of its verso has been made available.

Commentary

The drawing's overall composition is directly related to Gorky's painting Pastoral (see P347), dated to 1947 by the artist, and from which this title derives.

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