Willem de Kooning - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center de Kooning: Drawings, Sculpture, March 10 - June 20, 1974
    Cedar Falls, University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art; Saint Louis Art Museum; Cincinnati, The Contemporary Arts Center, de Kooning: 1969-78, October 21, 1978 - April 22, 1979, no. 24 (illustrated)
    Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Willem de Kooning: the North Atlantic Light, 1960-83, May 11 - October 30, 1983, pl. 48, p. 74 (illustrated)
    New York, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Willem de Kooning: Drawings and Sculpture, October 31 - December 19, 1998, pl. 28 (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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Untitled (Spoleto)

signed "de Kooning" lower right
ink on paper
26 x 18 7/8 in. (66 x 47.9 cm.)
Executed in 1969-1970.

$40,000 - 60,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 November 2016