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Arshile Gorky (Turkish Armenia, 1904 - 1948, Sherman, Connecticut)


Untitled Drawing

Creation Date



20th century


15 1/2 in. x 22 5/8 in. (39.37 cm x 57.47 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

graphite and colored crayon on off-white wove paper

Credit Line

Gift of Walter K. Gutman, Class of 1924


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According to poet Peter Balakian, “In this drawing, you feel both the spontaneity and the organization of Gorky’s intellect. The speckled gradation of the crayon, the smudging of graphite, the smearing of crayon, such as the brown in the upper left, create compelling textures. A rich and complex colorist, Gorky brings painterly dimensions to this drawing: the plum-colored plume, the smears of orange, brown, forest green, and chartreuse; the granular streaks of indigo blue at the top right; the yellow blended with some graphite in the lower right. The drawing is a dance of shapes inseparable from the colors that give the work a sensuous power. And the erotic evocativeness of the forms--breast shapes, nipples, phalluses--suggest a vision of what Walt Whitman called 'the procreative urge of the world.'"

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