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  • Provenance

    The Estate of Xavier Fourcade, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
    Contemporary Art from the Estate of Xavier Fourcade, Sotheby's, New York, November 4, 1987, lot 13
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Baltimore Museum of Art, Willem de Kooning: Paintings, Sculpture and Works on Paper, August 8–September 24, 1972 (another example exhibited)
    New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, An Exhibition by de Kooning Introducing His Sculpture and New Paintings, October 4–November 4, 1972, no. 35, n.p. (another example exhibited; erroneously dated 1970)
    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada; Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection; Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts; St. Louis, Washington University Gallery of Art, De Kooning: Drawings/Sculptures, March 10, 1974–April 6, 1975, no. 130, n.p. (another example exhibited)
    Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Willem de Kooning: Beelden en Litho's, March 5–April 19, 1976, no. B4, n.p.; then traveled as Duisburg, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum der Stadt, De Kooning: Plastik—Grafik, January 18–February 27, 1977, no. P4, n.p.; then traveled as Geneva, Cabinet des estampes, Musée d'art et d'histoire; Grenoble, Musée des peinture et de sculpture, Willem de Kooning: Sculptures, Lithographies, Peintures, March 17–April 24, 1977, no. Sc 4, p. 34 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 2)
    Amsterdam, Collection d'Art, Willem de Kooning, May 1–July 1, 1976 (another example exhibited)
    Los Angeles, James Corcoran Gallery, Willem de Kooning: Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, May 20–June 26, 1976 (another example exhibited)
    Edinburgh, Fruit Market Gallery; London, Serpentine Gallery, The Sculptures of de Kooning with Related Paintings, Drawings & Lithographs, October 15, 1977–January 8, 1978, no. 4, n.p. (another example exhibited)
    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Willem de Kooning in East Hampton, February 10–April 23, 1978, no. 83, p. 114 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Pittsburgh, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Willem de Kooning: Pittsburgh International Series, October 26, 1979–January 6, 1980, no. 108, p. 133 (another example exhibited)
    East Hampton, Guild Hall Museum, Willem de Kooning: Works from 1951-1981, May 23–July 19, 1981, no. 61, p. 21 (another example exhibited)
    New York, Xavier Fourcade, Inc., Willem de Kooning: The Complete Sculpture, 1969–1981, May 14–June 23, 1983 (another example exhibited)
    Cologne, Joseph-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Willem de Kooning: Skulpturen, September 9–October 30, 1983, no. 4, pp. 41, 122 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 40)
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; West Berlin, Akademie der Künste, Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, December 15, 1983–September 24, 1984, no. 260, p. 248 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Goslar, Das Monchehaus-Museum, exhibition on the occasion of the presentation of the Kaiserring to Willem de Kooning, September–October 1984 (another example exhibited)
    New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, Willem de Kooning: Sculpture, May 3–June 30, 1996, no. 4, p.52 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Dallas, Nasher Sculpture Center, Highlights from the Nasher Collection, September 21, 2006–January 4, 2007 (another example exhibited)
    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, De Kooning: A Retrospective, September 18, 2011–January 9, 2012, no. 151, p. 405 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 407)
    Dallas, Nasher Sculpture Center, Foundations: Tom Sachs, September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018 (another example exhibited)
    Dallas, Nasher Sculpture Center, Foundations: Sterling Ruby, February 2–April 14, 2019 (another example exhibited)
    Dallas, The Warehouse, The Sensation of Space, May 20–November 11, 2019, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Harold Rosenberg and Willem de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, New York, 1973, no. 196, n.p. (illustrated)
    Harry F. Gaugh, Willem de Kooning, New York, 1983, p. 98 (another example illustrated, p. 97)
    Judith Zilczer, A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning, London, 2017, no. 228, p. 198

  • 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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Untitled #4

incised with the artist's signature and number "W de K 6/4" on the reverse
3 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (9.5 x 21.6 x 15.6 cm)
Executed in 1969, this work is number 4 from an edition of 6.

Another example from this edition is held in the permanent collection of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2/6).

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $44,100

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021