Flowers
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1993.227
People
Arshile Gorky, American (Khorkom, Armenia 1904 - 1948 Sherman, CT)
Title
Flowers
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1943
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Graphite and colored wax crayons with extensive stumping, erasure and working with a sharp tool, on off-white wove paper
Dimensions
35.4 x 56.4 cm (13 15/16 x 22 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, l.r.: A. Gorky / 43
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: Jk[?]-5
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: 311969
  • inscription: verso, lower center, graphite: Pinler[?]
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 19 1/2 x 26 1/2 / 14 1/2 x 22 1/4 / V 41[?]
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 175-
  • inscription: verso, upper right, graphite: AB
  • inscription: verso, lower left, black crayon: JL
  • inscription: verso, upper left, black ballpoint ink: 1 [encircled]
Provenance
Julian Levy, New York, New York. [Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, New York], sold; to Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, 1957, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1993.

NOTE: Provenance information from the curatorial file.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
Accession Year
1993
Object Number
1993.227
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Robert F. Reiff, "A Stylistic Analysis of Arshile Gorky's Art From 1943-1948" (Thesis, Columbia University, 1961), Unpublished, p. 42-43, 64, 70-74, repr. p. 311.

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 53, fig. 38 (color), pp. 76, 371, 377

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Friends: Works from the Lois Orswell Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., Knoedler & Co. Inc. (New York, 2003), cat. no. 4, repr. (color)

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), p. 78, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

New York School: From the First Generation, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/10/1975 - 01/06/1976

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings from 1940 to 2000, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/03/2000 - 08/27/2000

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Friends: Works from the Lois Orswell Collection, Harvard University, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 11/14/2003 - 01/24/2004

HAA 1 Survey Course: Survey of World Art: Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/23/2005 - 07/31/2005

Re-View: S426A (Large Niche) #2: CB30 Photography and Society & HAA172w American Art and Modernity, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/2009 - 01/10/2010

American Art and Modernity, 1865–1965, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2012 - 01/19/2013

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted