Reclining Woman

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  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist
    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1997

  • Artist Bio

    Willem de Kooning

    Dutch-American • 1904 - 1997

    Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and 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 painters Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and of course his wife, Elaine de Kooning. 

    Known for having stated “flesh is the reason why oil painting was invented,” de Kooning’s work often evokes the human body--even as some of his contemporaries moved towards pure abstraction. Like the other Abstract Expressionists, de Kooning was a proponent of “Action Painting,” which emphasized the physical aspect of their work, eschewing the idea that painting was necessarily a careful, precise art form. By the 1960s, the artist was living and working out of his farmhouse on Long Island, and he managed to breathe new life into his work after decades in an urban environment. Though he was no longer a public figure at that time, the resultant body of works that he produced from 1975 through 1977 are among his most renowned, both critically and in the marketplace – his auction records since 2006 have been works from this period. Following a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s, the artist made his last work in 1991 and passed away in 1997.

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Property from the Collection of Blake Byrne, Los Angeles

Reclining Woman

charcoal on paper
8 x 12 1/2 in. (20.3 x 31.8 cm.)
Executed in 1965-1970.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

sold for $10,000

Contact Specialist
Sam Mansour
Associate Specialist, Head of New Now Sale
New York
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New York Auction 4 March 2020