Modern and Contemporary Art
Dark Green Painting
Arshile Gorky, American (born Armenia), c. 1902 - 1948
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1995-54-1Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee and R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1995
LabelThe 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.