Portrait of Myself and My Imaginary Wife

Arshile Gorky, American, b. Dilkaya, Turkey, 1904–1948
The artist, New York, to 1942
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 1942-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Exhibition History
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Arshile Gorky: Paintings, Drawings, Studies," 17 December 1962-12 February 1963, no. 8. Tour: WASHINGTON GALLERY OF MODERN ART, Washington, DC, 12 March-14 April.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Arshile Gorky: Paintings and Drawings," 2 April-2 May 1965, no. 14. Tour: PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS, Brussels, 22 May-27 June; MUSEUM BOYMANS VAN BEUNINGEN, Rotterdam, 9 July-15 August.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 328, ill. p. 239; p. 697.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Arshile Gorky: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection," 4 October-25 November 1979, catalogue by Phyllis D. Rosenzweig, no. 7, colorpl. p. 12; pp. 22-23, ill.
FUNDACION CAJA DE PENSIONES, Madrid. "Arshile Gorky: 1904-1948," 17 October-23 December 1989, no. 3, ill. p. 168; pp. 169, 195. Tour: WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY, London, 19 January-25 March 1990.
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, New York. "Arshile Gorky: Portraits," 20 March-27 April 2002, ill. p. 49.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART. "Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective," 21 October 2009-10 January 2010, cat. Tour: TATE MODERN, London, 10 February-3 May; MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Los Angeles, 6 June-20 September.
FONDAZIONE MUSEI CIVICI VENEZIA. "Arshile Gorky: 1904-1948," 9 May-22 September 2019, color ill. p. 84.
Published References
SCHWABACHER, ETHEL. Arshile Gorky (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art/Macmillan, 1957), fig. 3, p. 29.
SARKISAN, MARDIROS. "Arshile Gorky: A Struggle for Recognition," Hoosharar XLV, no. 3 (1 February 1958), ill. p. 8.
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. Arshile Gorky: The Man, The Time, The Idea (New York: Horizon Press, 1962), p. 48.
LEVY, JULIEN. Arshile Gorky (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1966), pl. 16.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), fig. 328, p. 239; p. 697.
HERRERA, HAYDEN. "The Artist's Self-Image: Self Portraits by Arshile Gorky," Arshile Gorky: Drawings to Paintings (University of Texas at Austin, 1975), fig. 10, pp. 53-54.
HERRERA, HAYDEN. "Gorky's Self-Portraits: The Artist by Himself," Art in America 64, no. 2 (March/April 1976), fig. 13, pp. 63-64.
ROSE, BARBARA. "Arshile Gorky and John Graham: Eastern Exiles in a Western World," Arts Magazine 50, no. 7 (March 1976), ill. p. 65.
QUAYTMAN, HARVEY. "Arshile Gorky's Early Paintings," Arts Magazine 50, no. 7 (March 1976), pp. 104-105.
REIFF, ROBERT F. A Stylistic Analysis of Arshile Gorky's Art from 1943-1948 (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., 1977), fig. 3, p. 281; p. 5.
SOYER, RAPHAEL. Diary of an Artist (Washington, DC: New Republic Books, 1977), p. 244.
SUENAGA, TERUKAZU. "Mirror of Memory: Gorky's Cruel Change," Mizue 9, no. 894 (September 1979), ill. p. 38.
UNSIGNED. "Arshile Gorky: The First Abstract Expressionist?," Smithsonian Associate 8, no. 1 (September 1979), ill. p. 1.
RAND, HARRY. Arshile Gorky: The Implications of Symbols (Montclair, New Jersey: Allanheld & Schram, 1980), fig. 2-2, p. 15; pp. 14-19, 44, 53, 69.
WALDMAN, DIANE. Arshile Gorky 1904-1908: A Retrospective (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1981), fig. 65.
JORDAN, JIM M. and ROBERT GOLDWATER. The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue (New York and London: New York University Press, 1982), no. 108, ill. p. 236; pp. 50-51, 56-57, 237, 345.
LADER, MELVIN P. Arshile Gorky (New York: Abbeville Press, 1985), fig. 23, p. 29.
WALDMAN, DIANE. Willem de Kooning (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988), fig. 18, p. 30; p. 35.
SCHILDKRAUT, JOSEPH J., ed. Depression and the Spiritual in Modern Art: Homage to Miró (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996), fig. 19-6, pp. 229-230.
COTTER, HOLLAND. "Suspended Between Modernism and an Armenian Past," New York Times (12 April 2002), p. E35.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Data Source
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Accession Number
Oil on paperboard
8 5/8 × 14 1/4 in. (21.7 × 36.2 cm)