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Long Letter from Arshile Gorky’s widow, Mougouch

Long Letter from Arshile Gorky’s widow, Mougouch by GORKY, Arshile; Mougouch Gorky - Fielding (1975)
Author: GORKY, Arshile; Mougouch Gorky - Fielding
Title: Long Letter from Arshile Gorky’s widow about the Price of his Drawings
Year: 1975
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Connecticut, USA
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £200
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A thousand word, candid letter from Agnes Ethel Magruder, Arshile Gorky’s widow, whom he nicknamed Mougouch, laid into an exhibition catalogue of Gorky’s drawings.

Over 3 pages Mougouch Fielding writes to Janetta Parladé, a friend from Horizon days, about arriving back in Connecticut where she shared a life with Gorky from 1941 to his death by suicide in 1948 in Sherman, Connecticut. Writing from Old Lyme Mougouch gushes about the ‘how glorious the air of this country can be’. She describes the reunion with her daughter with Gorky, ‘more tears from Natasha the next day - its all too complicated... but between my Niobes [all tears] these dollops of sparkling air, chilly, just fizzing with vitality.’ She describes Natasha’s house whilst bemoaning ‘sex of which she has NONE.’ Later in the letter she exults over ‘a Gorky drawing, not very big, about 17” x 23” fetched $54,000 at a Pake Nernet sale, so I’m fucking well goingg to fix my house with those lovely paving stones from ? and carpenter from San Lucan...’ The exhibition catalogue is for a MOMA exhibition of Gorky’s drawings which came to the UK in 1965.
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