Untitled
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.176
People
Arshile Gorky, American (Khorkom, Armenia 1904 - 1948 Sherman, CT)
Title
Untitled
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1944
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Graphite and colored wax crayons with stumping on off-white wove paper edged with lavender paper on left and right sides
Dimensions
actual: 50.7 x 66.2 cm (19 15/16 x 26 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, l.r.: A. Gorky / 44
  • inscription: verso, graphite, lower right: 75--
  • inscription: verso, graphite, lower right: J. LEVY
  • inscription: verso, graphite, lower left: 7674
  • gallery label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and handwritten: No. 3353
Provenance
Possibly 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, 1977.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
Accession Year
1977
Object Number
1977.176
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
A strip of lavender paper has been added at the left and right edges, perhaps at the time of manufacture of the sheet-- seams are smooth. Pinholes at all corners.
Publication History

Eila Kokkinen, Drawings by Five Abstract Expressionist Painters, exh. cat., Hayden Gallery (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. 11

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), pp. 6, 12, cat. 74

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), cat. no. 54, fig. 65, pp. 96, 133, 371, 377, 381

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Friends: Works from the Lois Orswell Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., Knoedler & Co. Inc. (New York, 2003), cat. no. 5, repr. (color)

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 218, ill.

Deborah Wye, "Gorky Drawing Enters Fogg Collection", Fogg Art Museum Newsletter, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, April 1978), vol. 15, no. 3, p. 5, repr.

Exhibition History

Drawings by Five Abstract Expressionist Painters, Hayden Gallery, Cambridge, 02/21/1975 - 03/26/1975

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

20th Century American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/07/1976 - 05/19/1976

American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994

Modern Art for Harvard: Prints and Drawings Acquired through the Generosity of Frederick B. and Virginia H. Deknatel, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/31/1995 - 08/06/1995

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

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

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