Still Life

Arshile Gorkyca. 1930-31

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

What shapes and patterns do you see in this painting? Arshile Gorky’s title, Still Life, suggests that this is a group of everyday objects. Perhaps you see a chair, a figure, or an artist’s palette. Abstraction allowed Gorky to share his personal experience of the surrounding world, but he did not explain the contents or meanings of his images. Working in New York, the Armenian-born painter produced countless works like this one, which pushed the boundaries of Cubism and Surrealism. Puzzle through his lines and layers to construct your own interpretation.


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  • Title: Still Life
  • Creator: Arshile Gorky
  • Date Created: ca. 1930-31
  • Physical Dimensions: 38 1/2 x 50 3/8 in. (97.8 x 128 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Estate of Arshile Gorky/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Medium: Oil on canvas