Agony (1947) © 2009 Estate of Arshile Gorky / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Looking back on his early years in New York, Willem de Kooning often spoke of an encounter that proved crucial to his life as a painter. “I was lucky enough when I came to this country,” he told Harold Rosenberg, “to meet the three smartest guys on the scene: [Arshile] Gorky, Stuart Davis and John...

 
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