Gorky's Blonde Angels and Black Devils

 

In a light hearted conversation that Gorky once had wit painter Barnett Newman, Gorky stated one of the reasons he came to America, "Well, when I was a young boy in Armenia, my mother used to take me to church. And every time I went to church , I was always struck by the fact that the devils were all black and the angels were all blonde. Then I heard that in the United States all the girls are blonde. So I figured they were angels. So I came to this country".

In fact there is a sad anecdote, the childhood image of blonde angels and black devils had meant something profound to Gorky.

I don't know, if you look at the painting above, by Gorky while attending the Scott Carbee School are the blonde figures to the right Gorky's "Angels" and the figures with black hair Gorky's "Devils". There is so much within this painting that it is haunting to this journalist and leads to open minded curiosity as to the thoughts within the brushstrokes of the artist.

There is so much within the above painting,  Gorky painted what he felt despite what Scott Carbee wanted him to paint, the canvas may have been given to Gorky to paint on but the work was his alone.

Oil on canvas- 17"x 22"-Hussian Collection-Archile Gorky Folder- The canvas appears to be 1920's thru 30's- Gorky's " The Artist"
Oil on canvas- 17"x 22"-Hussian Collection-Archile Gorky Folder- The canvas appears to be 1920's thru 30's- Gorky's " The Artist"
The Artist and his Mother-1926-36
The Artist and his Mother- 1926-36
Within the Gorky folder there was the painting below-Oil on canvas- 17"x 22"-Hussian Collection-The canvas appears to be 1920's thru 30's- Gorky's " The Artist"
Within the Gorky folder there was the painting below-Oil on canvas- 17"x 22"-Hussian Collection-The canvas appears to be 1920's thru 30's- Gorky's " The Artist"
Within the Gorky folder there was the painting below-Oil on canvas- 17"x 22"-Hussian Collection-The canvas appears to be 1920's thru 30's- Gorky's " The Artist"