Image Gallery

This image gallery provides a concise history of Gorky's career, from his early experiments with Post-Impressionism and Cubism to his later mature paintings and drawings of the 1940s.  

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<em>Park Street Church, Boston.</em> 1924. Oil on canvas mounted on board.  16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm). Whistler House Museum of Art. Lowell Art Association, Inc, Lowell, MA.  Gift of Katherine O'Donnell Murphy. <em>The Antique Cast</em>.  1926.  36 1/4 x 46 3/8 in. (92.1 x 111.8 cm).  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David McCulloch. <em>The Artists's Mother.</em> 1926 or 1936.  Charcoal on ivory laid paper. 24 13/16 in. x 19 1/8 in. (63 cm x 48.5 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago, The Worcester Sketch Fund, 1965.510. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago <em>The Artist and His Mother.</em> c.1926-c.1942. Oil on canvas. 60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm). National Gallery of Art, DC. Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1979. <em>The Artist and His Mother.</em> c.1926-1936. Oil on canvas. 60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Julien Levy for Maro and Natasha Gorky in memory of their father, 50.17 <em>Pears, Peaches, and Pitcher.</em> c.1926-1927. Oil on canvas. 17 3/8 x 23 3/8 in. (44 x 59.5 cm). Private Collection <em>Untitled (Self Portrait)</em>. c.1928-1929.  Pastel and graphite on paper.  14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (36.2 x 28.58 cm).  Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson.  Photo: Lee Fatherree. <em>Still Life</em>. c.1928.  Oil on canvas.  20 1/8 x 24 in. (51.1 x 61 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Still Life</em>.  1929.  Oil on canvas. 36 1/4 x 48 1/8 in. (92.1 x 122.2 cm). Private Collection. Study for <em>Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia</em>.  c.1932.  Ink on paper.  (22 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.  57.2 x 673 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia.</em> c.1931-1932. Pen, brush and ink on board. 26 1/16 x 34 1/8 in. (66.2 x 86.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Bergman, 80.54a-b. <em>Blue Figure in a Chair.</em> c.1931.  Oil on canvas. 48 x 38 in. (121.9 x 96.5 cm). Private Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. <em>Column with Objects</em>.  c.1932-1934.  Pencil and ink on paper. 18 1/2 x 24 1/4 in. (46.99 x 61.6 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Untitled</em>.  c.1933-1935.  Ink on sketchbook paper.  13 3/4 in. x 9 13/16 in. (35 cm x 25 cm). Private Collection. Study for <em>Organization.</em> c.1935. Pencil on paper. 11 3/8 x 14 1/8 in. (29 x 36 cm). Private Collection. <em>Organization.</em> 1933-1936. Oil on canvas. 50 x 59 13/16 in. (127 x 152 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Ailsa Melon Bruce Fund, 1979. <em>Image in Khorkom.</em> c.1934-1936. Oil on canvas. 33 1/8 x 42 1/2 in. (84 x 108 cm). Private Collection. Study for <em>Aviation: Evolution of Forms under Aerodynamic Limitations (Newark Airport Mural).</em> c.1935-1936. Oil on canvas. 30 x 35 in. (76.2 x 88.9 cm). Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. Gift of May Walter. <em>Painting.</em> 1936-1937. Oil on canvas. 38 x 48 in. (96.5 x 121.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, 37.39. <em>Still Life on Table</em>.  c.1936-1937.  Oil on canvas. 54 x 64 in. (137.2 x 162.6 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Enigmatic Combat.</em> 1936-1937. Oil on canvas. 35 3/4 x 48 in. (90.8 x 121.9 cm). San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Jeanne Reynal. <em>Untitled (Head)</em>. c.1937.  Oil on canvas. 21 x 21 in. (53.3 x 53.3 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Portrait of Master Bill.</em> c.1937. Oil on canvas. 52 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (132.4 x 101.9 cm). Private Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. <em>Portrait of Ahko.</em> c.1937. Oil on canvas. 19 1/2 x 15 in. (49.5 x 38.1 cm). Private Collection. <em>Garden in Sochi.</em> 1941. Oil on canvas. 44 1/4 x 62 1/4 in. (112.4 x 158.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase Fund and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang S. Schwabacher (by exchange). Photo: © The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. Study for <em>Bull in the Sun</em>. c.1942.  Tempera and ink on board.  9 3/4 x 14 in. (24.8 x 35.6 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Garden in Sochi Motif.</em> 1942. Oil on canvas. 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Private Collection. <em>Untitled (Virginia Landscape)</em>.  c.1943.  Pencil and crayon on paper.  18 1/2 x 23 5/8 in. (47 x 60 cm). Private Collection. <em>Connecticut Sketch</em>.  1943.  Pencil and crayon on paper.  13 x 16 7/8 in. (33 x 42.9 cm).  Gift of Prof. Charles Haar, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Estate of Ruth Abrams, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum.  Photo: © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. <em>The Liver is the Cock's Comb.</em> 1944. Oil on canvas. 73 1/4 x 98 in. (186.05 x 248.92 cm).  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.  Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1956. Photo: © Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Art Resource, NY. <em>Water of the Flowery Mill.</em> 1944. Oil on canvas. 42 1/4 x 48 3/4 in. (107.3 x 123.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. George A. Heard Fund, 1956 (56.205.1). Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY. <em>The Leaf of the Artichoke Is an Owl.</em> 1944. Oil on canvas. 28 x 35 7/8 in. (71.12 cm x 91.12 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden. Photo:© The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. <em>Untitled</em>.  c.1944-45.  Pencil and crayon on paper.  18 1/16 x 24 1/4 in. (45.9 x 61.6 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Untitled</em>.  c.1944-45.  Pencil and crayon on paper.  17 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (44.4 x 59.1 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Untitled</em>. c.1944-45.  Pencil and crayon on paper. 17 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (44.4 x 59.1 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Diary of a Seducer.</em> 1945. Oil on canvas. 50 x 62 in. (126.7 x 157.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A Burden. Photo: © The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. <em>Untitled</em>.  1946.  Oil pastel and graphite on canvas. 19 1/8 x 24 7/8 in. (48.6 x 63.2 cm). Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson.  Photo: Lee Fatherree. <em>From a High Place II.</em> 1946. Oil on canvas. 17 x 24 in. (43.2 x 61 cm). Private Collection. <em>The Plough and the Song.</em> 1946. Oil on canvas. 51 7/8 x 61 3/8 in. (134.2 x 155.7 cm).  The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Coburn Fund, 1963.208. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago. <em>Untitled</em>.  c.1946.  Pencil and crayon on paper. 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Untitled (Virginia Summer)</em>. 1946. Pencil and crayon on paper. 20 1/4 in. x 26 1/2 in. (51.44 cm x 67.31 cm). Private Collection. <em>Fireplace in Virginia.</em> 1946. Ink and crayon on paper. 7 7/8 x 11 in. (20 x 27.9 cm). Private Collection. <em>The Betrothal II.</em> 1947. Oil on canvas. 50 3/4 x 38 in. (128.9 x 96.5 cm). Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Purchase, 50.3. <em>Painting.</em> c.1943-1947. Oil on canvas. 44 1/8 x 54 in. (112 x 137 cm). Private Collection. <em>Agony.</em> 1947. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 1/2 in. (101.6 x 128.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. A Conger Goodyear Fund (88.1950). Photo: © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. <em>Study for Agony</em>.  c.1946-1947.  Pencil and crayon on paper.  22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (57.2 x 72.4 cm). Private Collection. <em>Pastoral</em>. 1947.  Oil on canvas. 44 x 56 3/4 in. (111.8 x 144.2 cm).  Private Collection. Photo: Peter Schälchli. <em>The Beginning</em>. 1947.  Oil on canvas.  27 15/16 x 37 13/16 in. (71 x 96 cm).  Gift of Eleanor and H. Gates Lloyd, Haverford, Pennsylvania, to America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Photo: © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. <em>Untitled (Pastoral)</em>. c.1947. Oil and pencil on canvas. 44 x 56 inches (111.8 x 142.2 cm).  Private Collection.  Photo courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New York. <em>The Plough and the Song</em>. 1947. Oil on canvas. 50 1/2 in. x 62 5/8 in. (128.3 cm x 159.1 cm). Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. R.T. Miller Jr. Fund. <em>The Limit.</em> 1947. Oil on paper mounted on canvas. 50 3/4 x 62 in. (128.9 x 157.5 cm).  Private Collection. <em>Untitled</em>. 1947-48.  Oil on canvas. 30 x 38 in. (76.2 x 96.5 cm).  Private Collection.