Willem de Kooning - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Phillips

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  • 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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Quatre Lithographies

The complete set of four lithographs in colors, on Arches paper, the full sheets,
S. 28 1/4 x 24 3/4 in. (71.8 x 62.9 cm)
all signed, dated and numbered 95/100 in pencil (there were also 50 in Roman numerals), published by Editions de la Differénce, Paris, one with several small abrasions (with associated minor ink loss), otherwise all in very good condition, all framed.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $47,500

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York