That these contradictory Gorkys coexisted is a testament to the complexity of the artist, who was able to act out modernism's own twisted history, in which authenticity and masquerade have always operated in a dynamic relation.
In a small room across from the 1937 portrait, however, a group of Gorky's early modernist imitations suggested the very different figure of Gorky the Faker.
So it was partly because of chronology, but also because of this slight curatorial emphasis on Gorky the Authentic, that the second discrete room of the exhibition was devoted to Gorky's two famous paintings of himself as a boy standing next to his mother (along with another large wall panel that repeated some of the artist's gruesome biographical details).
This mingling of sincerity and artifice is one of the reasons Gorky's paintings remain important.
Other winners included: Gorkys
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