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  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist, New York
    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
    Christie's, New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session Including Works from the Collection of Michael Crichton, May 12, 2010, lot 241
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, An Exhibition by de Kooning Introducing His Sculpture and New Paintings, October-November 1972 (another cast exhibited)
    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; then travelled to 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/Sculpture, March 1974-June 1975 (another cast exhibited).
    Edinburgh, Fruit Market Gallery; then travelled to London, Serpentine Gallery, The Sculptures of de Kooning with Related Paintings, Drawings & Lithographs, October 1977-January 1978 (another cast exhibited)
    Pittsburgh, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Willem de Kooning/Pittsburgh International Series, October 1979-January 1980
    East Hampton, Guild Hall, Willem de Kooning: Works from 1951-1981, May-July 1981
    New York, Xavier Fourcade, Inc., Willem de Kooning: The Complete Sculpture, 1969-1981, May-June 1983
    Cologne, Joseph-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Willem de Kooning: Skulpturen, September-October 1983, (another cast exhibited)
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; then travelled to Berlin, Akademie der Kunste; Paris, Centres de Georges Pompidou, Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, December 1983-September 1984 (another cast exhibited)
    Gosler, Das Monchehaus Museum, Exhibition on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Kaiserring to Willem de Kooning, September-October 1984
    New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, Willem de Kooning Sculpture, May-June 1996, p. 52, no. 3 (illustrated, another cast exhibited)
    New York, Mattew Marks Gallery and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Willem de Kooning: Drawings and Sculpture, October-December 1998, (another cast exhibited)

  • Literature

    Sidney Janis Gallery, An Exhibition by de Kooning Introducing His Sculpture and New Paintings, exh. cat., New York, n.p., no. 34 (another cast exhibited)
    de Kooning: Drawings/Sculpture, exh. cat., 1974, n.p., no. 129 (another cast exhibited).
    The Sculptures of de Kooning with Related Paintings, Drawings & Lithographs, exh. cat., 1977, n.p., no. 3 (another cast exhibited)
    Willem de Kooning: Skulpturen, exh. cat., 1983, pp. 38-39 and 122, no. 3 (illustrated, another cast exhibited)
    Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, ext. cat., 1983, p. 248, no. 259 (illustrated, another cast exhibited)
    Willem de Kooning Sculpture, exh. cat., Matthew Marks Gallery, 1996, p. 52, no. 3 (illustrated, another cast exhibited)
    Willem de Kooning: Drawings and Sculpture, exh. cat., 1998, p. 117, pl. 38 (illustrated, another cast exhibited)

  • 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 #3

1969
bronze with brown patina
8 x 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (20.3 x 19.1 x 11.4 cm)
Incised with initials and numbered "W de K. 3/6" on the reverse.
This work is number 3 from an edition of 6.

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

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