Willem de Kooning - Contemporary Art Part II New York Monday, November 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Eindhoven, Contempo Modern Art Gallery, Willem de Kooning Works on Paper 1954-1984, March - April 1990

  • Literature

    Willem de Kooning Works on Paper 1954-1984, Contempo Modern Art Gallery, Eindhoven 1990, no. 3, p. 21 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    They are not abstractions of the experience of nature; they are abstract in following an uncurbed energy principle without beginning and end, allowing things to emerge, to rise to the surface in analogy to nature. The freer the artist’s use of color and form, the less discernible does the objective other and the expressive “landscape of the soul” or psychogram become.
    (B.M. Bürgi, de Kooning. Painting. 1960-1980, Kunstmusem Basel, Basel 2005, pp. 24)

  • 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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Oil on newspaper laid down on canvas.
23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm).

Signed “de Kooning” lower right; also dedicated “To Fritz from Bill” lower center.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

9 November 2010
New York