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The 1000++ Artworks created around 1950

Arshile Gorky - WaterfallWaterfallArshile Gorky

The Waterfall is mid 20th century painting by Armenian American artist Arshile Gorky. The dimension of painting is 96.8 cm by 24 cm and is housed in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. It is an oil painting based on surrealism style and abstract genre.
Waterfall was develope...

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, United States)
Arshile Gorky - The Liver is the Cock-s CombThe Liver is the Cock's CombArshile Gorky

This painting contains many veiled references to Gorky's life and history, while it simultaneously creates visual puns and double meanings that function on many levels. The liver is often referred to in ancient texts as the center for passion, instead of the heart. The 'cock's comb' is both the head...

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, United States)
George Grosz - Cain or Hitler in HellCain or Hitler in HellGeorge Grosz

Grosz packed up his righteous indignation and fled Nazi Germany in 1932 for the shores of America, where he became a United States citizen in 1938. Grosz’ Cain, or Hitler in Hell (above) from 1944 places the dictator in the devil’s den, surrounded by the skeletal dead at his feet and clearly feeling...

David Nolan (New York, United States)
Diego Rivera - Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda ParkDream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda ParkDiego Rivera

Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park is an enormous mural that contains 400 characters from Mexican history. The mural is a Surreal dream, a collection of events in a single space, with no adherence to laws of time and space. The characters are not interacting but neither are they separate, t...

Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet - Grand Maitre of the OutsiderGrand Maitre of the OutsiderJean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet had many interests apart from painting but never seemed to be able to indulge excessively as he would return to his family wine shop repeatedly. He had dropped his studies and rejected the conventions laid upon by ‘cultural art’ and pursued Art Brut or ‘raw art’, art by children, unski...

Diego Rivera - Nude with Calla LiliesNude with Calla LiliesDiego Rivera

Diego Rivera's artwork 'Nude With Calla Lilies' depicts a naked man surrounded by Calla Lilies. In 1944, he created Nude with Calla Lilies, one of the few pieces he completed that year.He shared this ability with Frida Kahlo, another very famous Mexican painter. Both of their depictions of peasant l...

Ivan Albright - The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian GrayIvan Albright

This painting was made as a portrait for the adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Novel, titled the same. The Art Institute of Chicago holds the rights to this work. The novel chronicles the degradation of a young rich man named Dorian who asks for a portrait of himself to be made. In order to eternally pres...

Ivan Albright - That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door)That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door)Ivan Albright

“That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door)” is replete with an imagery of great power. It contemplates regret and the choices we make in life. The Door was considered, by Albright himself, as his magnum opus. Well, this painting did take ten years of his life from him. Weeks were spent i...

Max Ernst - The Eye of SilenceThe Eye of SilenceMax Ernst

Max Ernst was living in exile in New York when he painted The Eye of Silence. The painting suggests a brown lake surrounded by green and brown shapes, He used decalcomania to produce texture, this is a process where paint is transferred from one surface to another. In the right foreground, there is ...