Florentine PonceletArt & Money ESSEC class, February 2010
Elements of biography: a tragic destiny     Real name: Vosdanig Adoian, Armenian-born American Painter     1904-1948     ...
Paintings related to his roots        His work has been haunted by the painful memory of his         roots: the Armenian ...
   The artist and his mother    1926-1936
   Garden in Sochi, 1941 (series)
   Garden in Sochi, 1941 (series)
The question of the influences: is Gorky just an imitator of Surrealism ?         Influences: European artists (school of...
 Portrait of Vartoosh, 1927Pencil on card
 Painter and model, 1931Lithograph on paper
   Nighttime, enigma, nostalgia, 1931 Chinese ink on paper
Or a precursor of Abstract Expressionism?         Later on, he found his own style…           - Explosion of colors (Colo...
   Waterfall, 1941
The genius of an Expressionist       Intermediary between the European heritage        and the American post-war modernit...
 Thank you for your attention!
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Arshile gorky

  1. 1. Florentine PonceletArt & Money ESSEC class, February 2010
  2. 2. Elements of biography: a tragic destiny Real name: Vosdanig Adoian, Armenian-born American Painter 1904-1948  1914: his father left the family and emigrated to America  1915: Armenian genocide, A. Gorky and his family emigrated from Turkish Armenia to Yerevan  1919: his mother died from starvation  1920: A. Gorky, aged 16, emigrated to the USA  The 20’s and 30’s: he studied design and painting in renowned American schools in Boston and NY, then became a teacher at the NY Grand Central School of Art. First pieces of work.  The 40’s: masterpieces period, liberation of expressionism  1948: He committed suicide
  3. 3. Paintings related to his roots  His work has been haunted by the painful memory of his roots: the Armenian genocide, the loss of his parents, and the emigration  There are two redundant characters in his collection: his mother and the Armenian landscape
  4. 4.  The artist and his mother 1926-1936
  5. 5.  Garden in Sochi, 1941 (series)
  6. 6.  Garden in Sochi, 1941 (series)
  7. 7. The question of the influences: is Gorky just an imitator of Surrealism ?  Influences: European artists (school of Paris) such as Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Miro In his first pieces of art, he worked through the knowledge of these modern art masters  An under-estimated artist : - American experts first rejected his work pretending he was just copying surrealist European painters : the USA wanted their own artistic identity - His obsession for accuracy/preparatory work was opposed to an expected form of spontaneity in a post-war context
  8. 8.  Portrait of Vartoosh, 1927Pencil on card
  9. 9.  Painter and model, 1931Lithograph on paper
  10. 10.  Nighttime, enigma, nostalgia, 1931 Chinese ink on paper
  11. 11. Or a precursor of Abstract Expressionism?  Later on, he found his own style… - Explosion of colors (Colorfield) - Monumentalization of the pieces - disappearance of outlines - drips of paint (Action Painting, Pollock)  … And eventually public opinion considered him as the first Abstract Expressionist painter Now he’s renowned as one of the greatest American painter of the XXth century  Precursor of the School of New-York and one of the influences of De Kooning or Pollock
  12. 12.  Waterfall, 1941
  13. 13. The genius of an Expressionist  Intermediary between the European heritage and the American post-war modernity  He’s described as the last surrealist and the first abstract expressionnist painter  Exhibitions in Paris at Centre Pompidou http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx0Q9KB7EcI&feature=related
  14. 14.  Thank you for your attention!

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