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Dark Green Painting

Arshile Gorky, American (born Armenia), c. 1902 - 1948

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1948

Oil on canvas

43 3/4 × 55 1/2 inches (111.1 × 141 cm) Framed: 46 5/8 × 58 3/4 × 2 1/2 inches (118.4 × 149.2 × 6.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee and R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1995

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The biomorphic forms of this somber painting suggest hidden messages that resist literal decoding. The shapes seem to be freely improvised, an impression that was often conveyed by American abstract art indebted to Surrealism. However, in fact, the composition is based on a gridded preparatory drawing that meticulously plots the design.