Yum: Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky - DrawingUgh, I’m so sick AGAIN this winter, sitting around sniffling with Bijou, looking at French pin-ups, Terry Richardson boob shots and paintings by Arshile Gorky. The retrospective of his work is just winding down at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – I wish I could go! Alas, I’m sick here and stacked with schoolwork, so I’m going to have to stick to my e-salivating. Abstract expressionism/action painting and beautiful women really do make a great combination, though.

Speaking of which, I came across a great article in Vogue about Gorky’s relationship to his Mougouch (his wife and muse, Agnes Gorky):

“The specter of Gorky came into my life in the summer of 1948, when my father, a painter named John C. Phillips, met Agnes Gorky at a party in New York City. The host took my father aside and said, “Be nice to Mougouch. Her husband, Arshile Gorky, just died.” My father was happy to comply, for Mougouch was a beautiful and vibrant 27-year-old with long brown hair, a sensuous mouth, and large eyes that held a hint of mischief. Her responsiveness and her blend of boldness and femininity made her a magnet to men.

In the months that followed their meeting, my father and Mougouch fell in love. In December, together with her two young daughters, Maro and Natasha, they sailed for Naples and finally settled in France. My older sister and I learned about our father’s new family from photographs he sent us at our boarding school. During summers on Cape Cod we came to know our stepmother and our new sisters, who called our father “Daddy.” Compared with our previous stepmother, Mougouch was astonishing in her affection and her sense of fun. She called us “darling,” and I was entranced by her swift, graceful walk and her melodious voice.”

Mmm. Muse. I’ve been really inspired to paint and pastel lately. Maybe it’s all the acid.

Arshile Gorky - Virginia Landscape

Arshile Gorky - Dark Green

Arshile Gorky - Composition

Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky



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