Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné
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Photo: Peter Schälchli
[Gray Drawing (Pastoral)]
c. 1946–47
Charcoal and pastel on paper mounted on paper
50 3/8 x 61 7/16 in. (128 x 156.1 cm)
Recto not inscribed
Verso not seen
Private collection
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, Late Drawings by Gorky, September 28–October 24, 1959. (Exhibition catalogue: Sidney Janis Gallery 1959), no. 35, ill. in b/w, as "Grey Drawing," dated 1947.
Arts Council of Great Britain, London (organizer), Arshile Gorky, Paintings and Drawings / Arshile Gorky: Schilderijen en Tekeningen, 1965, no. 132, as "Tekening (Pastorale) / Drawing (Pastoral)," dated 1946, [exhibited in Rotterdam only]. Traveled to: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, May 22–June 27, 1965; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, July 24–September 5, 1965 (Museum Boymans van Beuingen 1965).
M. Knoedler & Co. Inc, New York, Gorky: Drawings, November 25–December 27, 1969. (Exhibition catalogue: Jordan 1969), no. 101, p. 60, as "Untitled," dated 1946–47.
Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, 2 Jahrzehnte amerikanische Malerei 1920–1940, June 10–August 12, 1979. (Exhibition catalogue: Schmidt 1979a), no. 141, p. 154, as "Untitled (Pastorale)". Traveled to: Kunsthaus Zurich, August 23–October 28, 1979.
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Peinture américaine, 1920–1940 / Amerikaanse schilderkunst, 1920–1940, November 10–December 30, 1979. (Exhibition catalogue: Schmidt 1979b), no. 136, p. 149, as "Untitled (Pastorale)".
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Arshile Gorky 1904–1948: A Retrospective, April 24–July 19, 1981, no. 225, ill. in b/w, p. 239, as "Grey Drawing (Pastorale)," dated 1946–47. Traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, September 12–November 6, 1981; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 3, 1981–February 28, 1982.
Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundación Caja de Pensiones, Madrid, Arshile Gorky, 1904–1948, October 17–December 23, 1989, no. 93, ill. in color, p. 157, as "Grey Drawing (Pastoral)," dated 1946–47. Traveled to: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, January 19–March 25, 1990.
Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, Arshile Gorky: Œuvres sur Papier, 1929–1947; Arbeiten auf Papier, 1929–1947, September 21–November 11, 1990, no. 114, ill. in b/w, p. 184; p. 202, as "Dessin gris Pastoral / Zeichnung in Grau Pastoral". Traveled to: Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, January 16–February 27, 1991; Musée Cantini, Marseille, France, March 15–May 30, 1991; Musée d'art Moderne de Saint Étienne, France, June 20–September 2, 1991; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, September 25–November 10, 1991; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, November 19, 1991–January 26, 1992.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings, November 20, 2003–February 15, 2004, no. 133, ill. in color, p. 227; p. 245, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral," dated 1946. 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: Gagosian Gallery 2010), ill. in color, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral," dated 1946.
Gagosian Gallery, New York, Arshile Gorky: 1947, May 6–July 1, 2011, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral".
Hauser & Wirth, New York, Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943–47, November 2–December 23, 2017. (Exhibition catalogue: Spender and Devaney 2017), ill. in color, pp. 84–85; p. 139, as "Grey Drawing for Pastoral".
Ca'Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, Venice, Italy, Arshile Gorky: 1904–1948, May 8–September 22, 2019, ill. in color, p. 205; detail ill. in color, pp. 42–43, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral".
Crehan, Hubert. "Arshile Gorky." Artnews (New York) 58, no. 6 (October 1959), discussed p. 12, as "Grey Drawing".
Paintings by Arshile Gorky from 1929 to 1948. New York: Sidney Janis Gallery, 1962. Exhibition catalogue (1962b New York), no. 30, ill. in b/w (in situ), as "View, Gorky Exhibition of Drawings, October 1959".
Jordan, Jim M. Gorky: Drawings. New York: M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., 1969. Exhibition catalogue (1969e New York), fig. 6, ill. in b/w, p. 14, as "Untitled Drawing".
Cardinal, Roger. "Resurrecting the homeland." The Times Literary Supplement (London), February 9–15, 1990, discussed, p. 147, as "Grey Drawing (Pastoral)".
Johnson, Patricia C. "Exhibit Reveals Gorky's Genius: Menil Collection Shows 140 of Artist's Works." Houston Chronicle, March 6, 2004, discussed p. 9D, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral".
Landi, Ann. "Arshile Gorky: Whitney Museum." Artnews (New York) 103 (April 2004), discussed p. 113, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral".
Wilkin, Karen. "Beautiful, Disturbing and Difficult." Wall Street Journal (New York), January 28, 2004, discussed, p. D6, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral".
Cotter, Holland. "The Art of Bliss Remembered." New York Times, December 8, 2017, ill. in color, p. 21, as "Gray Drawing for Pastoral".
Field, Parker. "Beyond The Limit." In Arshile Gorky: Beyond The Limit, edited by Jennifer Magee. Zurich: Hauser & Wirth Publishers, 2021. Exhibition catalogue, discussed p. 12; ill. in color, p. 50, as "Untitled (Gray Drawing for Pastoral)".
The paper was affixed posthumously to a sheet of paper and mounted on a wood strainer.
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