Personnage (Composition No. 2)

1936

Arshile Gorky, American, b. Khorkom, Armenia, 1904–1948

Oil on paperboard, 10 1/4 × 8 in. (25.9 × 20.4 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1974

Accession Number: 74.40

Provenance:
The artist, New York, to 20 March 1943 [1942?]
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York and Washington, DC, 20 March 1943-1974]
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1974

Exhibition History:
BELL GALLERY, LIST ART BUILDING, BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence. "Graham, Gorky, Smith, & Davis in the Thirties." 30 April-22 May 1977, no. 11, p. 16.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 431, ill. p. 307; 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. 14, p. 28; ill. p. 29.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERVICE, Washington, DC (organizer). "Surrealist Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden," no. 44, fig. 44, p. 46; p. 61. Tour: JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, Omaha, 22 March-4 May 1986; FINE ARTS CENTER AT CHEEKWOOD, Nashville, 26 July-7 September; MONTGOMERY MUSEUM OF FINE ART, Alabama, 27 September-9 November; VASSAR COLLEGE ART GALLERY, Poughkeepsie, New York, 29 November-11 January 1987; SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS, Palm Beach, Florida, 31 January-15 March; IBM GALLERY OF SCIENCE AND ART, New York, 4 April-17 May.

Published References:
SCHWABACHER, ETHEL K. Arshile Gorky (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art/Macmillan, 1957) p. 69.
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. Arshile Gorky: The Man, The Time, The Idea (New York: Horizon Press, 1962), ill. p. 47.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), fig. 431, p. 307; p. 697.
JORDAN, JIM M. and ROBERT GOLDWATER. The Paintings of Arshile Gorky: A Critical Catalogue (New York and London: New York University Press, 1982), no. 166, ill. p. 309; p. 310.
RAND, HARRY. "Great Expectations (of Style)," Arts (November 1985), fig. 2, p. 59.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)