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Meet Arshile Gorky

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Kaleigh Maudlin

on 19 April 2015

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Meet Arshile Gorky
April 15, 1904 - July 21, 1948
Early Life of Gorky
Around 1904 (there are conflicting accounts about his date of birth) Arshile Gorky was born in Vosdanig Adoian in a village by the name of Khorkam. This is of Armenian province on the eastern border of Ottoman, Turkey. Gorky ultimately took his own life after a string of tragic events; having had an absent father, the tragic death of his mother due to starvation, the loss of his art work due to a fire, his painting arm being paralyzed in an auto accident, and living through the Armenian Genocide. All of these tragedies combined led depressed Gorky to commit suicide on July 21, 1948.
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"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes... Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas."

-A. Gorky
The Artist and His Mother
Arshile Gorky has been known to construct art through his direct technique of creating beauty through his personal tragedies. Gorky emphasizes his art through the subjective perspective of Expressionism and Surrealism aesthetic. His art evokes new moods and ideas which express his meaning rather than physical reality. Gorky likes to play with our emotions in such a way we get an emotional experience while interpreting his art. His artistic approach emphasizes personal content such as his art piece "The Artist and His Mother." This painting is deeply personal to the artist himself. This art piece depicts emotional pain from his childhood and a deep longing for his beloved mother.
The Liver Is the Cock's Comb
Garden in Sochi
Vibrant colors
Abstract forms
Sensuous surface
Gorky was inspired by art simply by visiting museums and galleries in his spare time. He immersed himself in art books and magazines. Gorky's artistic abilities were essentially self taught; his original abstractions combine his childhood memories along with gardens, orchards, and fields which were significant to his rural homeland.
This is a photograph of Arshile Gorky having a great time dancing at a party.
Is man an ape or an angel?
The Natural Man
The natural man kills and feels no remorse
The natural man breaks down all the barriers
The natural man is self absorbed
The natural man is materialistic
The natural man is competitive
The natural man is driven by ego
The natural man is NOT Arshile Gorky
It is obvious that Gorky was trying to express his depressed and saddened feelings at the time this piece was painted. The abstract shapes reflect his inner vision of a troubled life. In the top left corner I see a man who has hung himself surrounded by embryos. Having had a rough life since birth, it almost seems as if he wished he was never brought into this world. I came to this conclusion because of the suicide scene right beside embryos. There is a depth of raw emotion and a distinct personal message in Arshile Gorky's artwork. In comparison........ (view next bubble)

While both artists use a significant amount of the color gold, Gorky uses it to portray his interpretation of the world we live in where meaning, truth, and God exists. There is a strong correlation between bible colors and bible subjects in Gorky's work which clearly associates with a higher power. In the L.A. Gold Rush we see the artists using gold to portray the materialistic aspect of humanity. As gold is the color represents wealth, power, and status. This mural screams "I am the higher power. I am God." Going back to the question "Is man ape or angel?" In this case Gorky would be the angel and the L.A. Masters is the obnoxious ape in the building.

One humans artistic interpretation of the spiritual man.

This piece by the Italian Masters screams power. It depicts the way we, as human beings, strive to reach the highest peak possible. This shares a strong similarity with Gorky's artwork through the communication of life's hardships. Gorky's painting
The Artist and His Mother
compares with this L.A. mural though immortalizing a certain subject. In Gorky's case his mother, he has created an everlasting love for his mother in his various versions of his famous painting. In the Gold Rush mural, money does in fact buy happiness. The Italian Masters definitely have that ape-like "my world revolves around materialism" mentality.
The two artists express their pains in differing ways, the "natural man" way and the "spiritual man" way. While Gorky speaks of this through a painful loss, the L.A. Masters express this through war, gang related situations, poverty, homelessness, etc.
In the art piece titled
The Artist's Studio
by Courbet, I would compare the scene in the middle of the man painting to the L.A. Gold Rush artists interpretation of man, where as the rest of the scene compares to the spiritual nature of man commonly seen in Gorky's work. In the middle we have a nude woman who is inspiring the "God-figured" artist to create beauty, while beauty is the imitation of nature.
The Artist's Studio

This image is an image of a priest dying in the arms of a devil, which represents the everlasting battle of the natural world vs. the spiritual world. The L.A. Gold Rush strongly chooses the natural world over the spiritual because
Wow... I am left speechless. Russel Brand couldn't have said it better. He states "we all by our nature are spiritual people" so the question I have is... what is it that turns some towards the natural self? Brand also states "we all have daily access to unseen realms of power", is that what takes control of the natural man? Something to think about.
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