Room 8

Arshile Gorky a retrospective exhibition banner


In the early 1940s Gorky began to work in the countryside, initially during a two-week stay in 1942 with the artist Saul Schary in Connecticut. He then spent the summer and autumn 1943 at Crooked Run Farm, near Lincoln, Virginia, with the family of his new wife, Agnes Magruder. It was the first sustained engagement with landscape since his arrival in America more than twenty years earlier, and he began to make improvised drawings in the landscape surrounding the farm. The works in this room testify to the liberation that he experienced, seen in the freer handling of line and flashes of exuberant colour among the plant, animal and bodily forms.