Arshile Gorky Waterfall 1943

Artwork details

Artist
Arshile Gorky c.1904–1948
Title
Waterfall
Date 1943
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1537 x 1130 mm
frame: 1713 x 1308 x 87 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971
Reference
T01319

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Gorky was born in Armenia, but was forced to flee Turkish persecution, and in 1920 settled in the USA. His early work was strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso and the European Surrealists. In the summer of 1942, Gorky spent three weeks in Connecticut making drawings from nature. He went on to produce a series of paintings that refer to natural forms. In this painting, amorphous shapes and drips of liquid paint suggest the fluidity of the waterfall.

August 2004