Water of the Flowery Mill

Artist: Arshile Gorky (American (born Armenia), Khorkom 1904–1948 Sherman, Connecticut)

Date: 1944

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 42 1/4 x 48 3/4 in. (107.3 x 123.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.205.1

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Water of the Flowery Mill is part of a group of landscape-inspired works that Gorky produced during the last six years of his life. Based on his study of an old mill and bridge on the Housatonic River in Connecticut, it also evokes the artist’s nostalgia for Armenia, from which he and his family had fled some twenty years earlier. Influenced by Surrealism, Gorky’s fluid, biomorphic abstraction translates the landscape into flat, overlapping fields of color and seems to anticipate the gestural brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, a movement that emerged in the 1950s.