Arshile Gorky - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
    Mrs. Samuel G. Rautbord, Chicago
    Private Collection, Chicago
    Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
    Acquavella Galleries, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2001

  • Exhibited

    New York, Martha Jackson Gallery, Two Lyric Abstractionists: Gorky, Works of the Middle Period / Trökes, Recent Gouaches and Drawings, March 31–April 24, 1954, no. 40 (possibly included, titled as Ink Drawing)
    New York, The Brooklyn Museum, Golden Years of American Drawings, 1905-1956, January 22–March 17, 1957, p. 22 (titled as Untitled)
    New York, David Anderson Gallery, Arshile Gorky Drawings: 1929-1934, February 3–March 1, 1962, n.p. (illustrated)
    Los Angeles, Everett Ellin Gallery, Arshile Gorky: 40 Drawings, April 9–May 5, 1962, no. 6, n.p. (illustrated, titled as Ink and Chalk Forms)
    Madison, University of Wisconsin, Arshile Gorky: Drawings and Paintings, April 29–May 10, 1974
    Chicago, Richard Gray Gallery, Modern Masters: A Selection, November 21–December 31, 1975 (illustrated)
    Chicago, Richard Gray Gallery, Modern and Contemporary Masters: Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, February 11–March 24, 1984, no. 35 (illustrated)
    New York, Acquavella Galleries, XIX & XX Century Master Drawings and Watercolors, April 26–May 26, 1988, no. 14, pp. 3, 34, 35 (illustrated upside down, p. 35)
    Chicago, Beth Urdang Fine Art, Biomorphic & Surreal: 1930-1960. Vail, Gorky, Gottlieb, Stamos, Ossorio, Bolotowsky, Kupferman, Kamrowski, February 15–March 20, 1991
    New York, Anthony Ralph Gallery, Modern Drawings, October–November, 1991, no. 33
    Seattle, Meyerson & Nowinski Art Associates, Arshile Gorky: Two Decades, February 13–April 20, 1997
    London, Gagosian Gallery, Drawings, January 29–March 27, 2004, p. 38 (illustrated upside down)

  • Literature

    Eileen Costello, ed., Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné, New York, ongoing, no. D0159, online

Property from a Distinguished Collection


Study for Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia

India ink, chalk and graphite on laid paper
15 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (39.4 x 57.8 cm)
Executed circa 1931–1932.

This work is included in the Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné as number D0159.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $66,040

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2023