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Arshile Gorky
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    (circa April 15, 1904-July 21, 1948)
    Born in Khorkom, Turkey
    Birth name was Vostanik Manoog Adoyan
    Early Abstract Impressionist
    Paintings include 'Landscape, Staten Island,' 'Portrait of Master Bill,' 'Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia,' 'The Betrothal II,' 'One Year the Milkweed,' 'The Artist and His Mother' and 'How My Mother's Apron Unfolds in My Life'
    Committed suicide by hanging himself in his studio
    He repeatedly changed the year - and occasionally the date - of his birth.
    He falsely claimed to be related to author Maxim Gorky.
    He said political art was 'poor art for poor people.'
    Despite that attitude, he painted for the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project.
    Many of his biographies relied heavily on letters to his sisters that turned out to be fakes created by his nephew.
    When he was fifteen, his mother starved to death while they were fleeing the Armenian genocide.
    During the two years before his death, his studio burned down, destroying many of his paintings; he was diagnosed with colon cancer; he discovered his wife was having an affair with his friend; his wife left him, taking their children; his neck was broken and his painting arm temporarily paralyzed in a car crash.

Credit: C. Fishel

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