Inscription

across top: (numbers 1-19); vertical along right edge: (numbers 1-24); in later hand, vertical along left edge verso: PORTRait of the ARTiST / with his MOtheR/ Agnes Phillips Collection

Provenance

by descent to Agnes Gorky, the artist's wife; (Estate of Arshile Gorky, Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York); purchased 1979 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1965
Arshile Gorky: Paintings and Drawings, Tate Gallery, London; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1965, no. 17, repro.
1989
Arshile Gorky, Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid; The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1989-1990.
2002
Arshile Gorky Portraits, Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2002, unnumbered catalogue reproduction.
2003
Arshile Gorky Drawings Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Menil Collection, Houston, 2003-2004, no. 57.
2006
Arshile Gorky, Fresno Art Museum, 2006, plate 57.
2009
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2009-2010, no. 29, repro. (shown only in Philadelphia).
Bibliography
1978
Carmean, E.A., Jr. and Eliza E. Rathbone. American Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artist. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, 1978: fig.11.
1981
Waldman, D., Arshile Gorky, 1904-1948 : a retrospective. New York, 1981: 74.
2002
Arshile Gorky Portraits. Exh. cat. Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2002: p. 23.
2009
Taylor, Michael R. ed. Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London, England; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2009-2010, no. 29.