Gorky and his mother lived in Armenia, which is a country in the Middle East. Many Armenian people were killed at that time, and soon after this photo was made, Gorky’s mother died of starvation. Then Gorky and his sister moved to the United States.
You know, it took Gorky ten years to make this painting. He painted in some of the details of the original photo, but he left other things out.
Think about how you remember things. Do you remember some things more strongly than others?
Take a moment longer to look at this painting. What things do you think Gorky remembered most strongly about his mother?