Willem de Kooning - Phillips x Artsy Summer School New York Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California

  • Literature

    Lanier Graham, The Prints of Willem de Kooning: A Catalogue Raisonné 1957-1971, Paris, 1991, no. 22, pp. 61, 75 (another example illustrated)
    Lanier Graham, Willem de Kooning: Printer's Proofs from the Collection of Irwin Hollander, Master Printer, New York, 1991, no. 54, n.p. (another example illustrated)
    Carol Vogel, "Prices That Fly Under the Headlines", The New York Times, October 25, 2013, online (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Willem de Kooning

    American • 1904 - 1997

    Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Willem de Kooning moved to the United States in his early 20s, arriving in Manhattan by 1927. A founding member of the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York, de Kooning was a contemporary of Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and of course his wife, Elaine de Kooning. Having claimed that “flesh is the reason why oil painting was invented,” de Kooning is best known for his rapid, forceful brushwork and thickly impastoed paint in evoking the human body, even as some of his contemporaries moved towards pure abstraction. Like the other New York School painters, de Kooning was a proponent of “Action Painting,” which emphasized the physical aspect of the work, eschewing the idea that painting was necessarily a careful, precise art form.

    By the 1960s, the artist was living and working in East Hampton, where he managed to breathe new life into his work after decades in an urban environment and remained there until his death in 1997 at the age of 92. De Kooning’s works reside in leading institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Tate, London, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

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signed, numbered and dated "15/28 '70 de Kooning" lower edge and blindstamped with the printer's mark lower left
lithograph on Akawara paper
50 5/8 x 34 7/8 in. (128.6 x 88.6 cm.)
Executed in 1970, this work is number 15 from an edition of 28 plus 7 artist's proofs and 2 printer's proofs, published by Knoedler, New York.

Other examples from the edition are held in the collection of National Gallery of Australia and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $12,500

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Phillips x Artsy Summer School

Online Auction 27 June - 10 July 2019