Arshile Gorky

Painting (Apricots)


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Arshile Gorky c.1904–1948
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 559 × 636 mm
Lent from a private collection 2014
On long term loan

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The form and structure of this painting appears to be abstract. But the colouring and the title of the work are rooted in Gorky’s childhood memories. The sight or smell of apricots seem to have transported him back to the Armenian orchard that he called ‘the garden of wish fulfilment’. Gorky emigrated to the United States in 1920 and entered into a long period of familiarisation with contemporary painting. He later developed a style of energetic abstraction, drawing him into an association with surrealism

Gallery label, June 2021

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