This painting may look at first like a muddle of shapes and colours, but if you look carefully you can see water gushing over rocks into a deep, cool pool shaded by overhanging trees. The artist uses shapes, colours and scribbly marks to express how nature makes him feel.
How does the waterfall make you feel? Where is the waterfall? Could it be in a far-away or fantasy land? Look closely and you will see someone sitting watching the waterfall…who do you think she might be and why is she watching the water?
To see more of this artist, Arshile Gorky’s expressive paintings visit Tate Modern. They are on display there from 10 February – 3 May 2010.