The black Monk
oil on canvas
78,6 x 101,5 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Arshile Gorky is an American painter of Armenian origin. This painter is affiliated with the abstract expressionist movement. This painting, "The black Monk" is probably his last work. He committed suicide in 1948 and this painting is found on his easel. It is probably inspired by the short story by Chekov of the same name.
What particularly touches me, apart from the strength of the composition, is the feeling of urgency which emerges from it. The 'radicalism' in painting is generally something that interests me and sometimes inspires me. Apart from its intriguing story this painting stays well while getting older. For me this is one of the better pieces of Arshile Gorky.
Henri Wagner, 2021
Henri Wagner (FR)
acrylic & coating on wood panel
150 x 100 cm