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. (Exhibition catalogue: Sidney Janis Gallery 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. (Exhibition catalogue: Seitz 1962), no. 114, p. 56, as "Drawing (Pastoral)". Traveled to: Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 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 12–November 6, 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; p. 245, 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. Montclair, NJ: Allanheld, Osmun & Co. Publishers Inc., and London: George Prior Associated Publishers Ltd., 1981. Monograph, fig. 12–10, ill. in b/w, p. 190, as "Drawing".
Rand, Harry. Arshile Gorky: The Implication of Symbols. Rev. ed. 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

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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