Arshile Gorky

Garden in Sochi Motif


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Arshile Gorky c.1904–1948
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 409 x 510 mm
Lent from a private collection 2014
On long term loan

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Gorky reconstructs his childhood memories of Armenia in this painting. The central shape, though difficult to decipher, was clearly an important personal symbol as he included it in several paintings. It has been interpreted in many different ways, as an Armenian butter-churn made of goatskin familiar from Gorky’s youth, for example, or a pair of red slippers his father gave him before the artist left for the United States.

Gallery label, October 2016

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