Willem de Kooning - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Allan Stone Gallery, New York
    Collection of Lee. V. Eastman
    Christie's, New York, November 9, 2005, lot 202
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Willem de Kooning, Retrospective Drawings 1936-1963, February 1964
    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Willem de Kooning in East Hampton, February 10 - April 23, 1977, no. 57, p. 87 (illustrated)
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Berlin, Akademie der Künste; Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, December 15, 1983 - September 24, 1984, no. 82, p. 20 (illustrated, p. 82)

  • Literature

    Thomas B. Hess, Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Greenwich, 1972, pl. 97, p. 226 (illustrated, p. 227)
    Allan Stone, Willem de Kooning: Liquefying Cubism, exh. cat., Allan Stone Gallery, New York, 1994, p. VIII (Allan Stone Gallery, New York, 1964 installation image illustrated)
    Willem de Kooning Drawings: 1920s-1970s, exh. cat., Allan Stone Gallery, New York, 2007, p. 4 (Allan Stone Gallery, New York, 1964 installation image 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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Property from the Triton Collection Foundation



signed and dated "de Kooning '63" lower right
charcoal on wove paper
10 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. (27.6 x 21.6 cm.)
Executed in 1963.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $43,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018