Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky

Style: Abstract Expressionism

Lived: April 15, 1904 - July 21, 1948 (20th century)

Nationality: USA

My recollections of Armenia open new visions for me. My art is therefore a growth art where forms, pines, shapes, memories of Armenia germinate, breathe, expand and contract, multiply and thereby create new paths for exploration.

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.

If a painting of mine suits me, it is right. If it does not please me, I care not if all the great masters should approve it or the dealers buy it. They would be wrong.

Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint.

Art must always remain earnest... Art must be serious, no sarcasm, comedy. One does not laugh at a loved one.

I seek a form or language which will express my ideas for our time.

If Picasso drips, I drip... For a long while I was with Cezanne, and now I am with Picasso.

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