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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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The Man and the Big Blonde

1982
Offset lithograph in colors, on wove paper, unevenly trimmed at the left, right and lower sheet edges.
I. 21 1/4 x 27 in. (54 x 68.6 cm)
S. 25 3/8 x 30 3/8 in. (64.5 x 77.2 cm)

Signed and annotated 'A/P' in pencil (one of 15 artist's proofs, the edition was 150, there was also an unsigned edition of 150 in Roman numerals), published by The Rainbow Art Foundation, New York (with their blindstamp), a horizontal pressure mark measuring the width of the upper margin unframed, an abrasion on the reverse of the upper right image (slightly visible from the front), minor bumps at the sheet corners, occasional minor surface soiling in the margins), unframed.

Estimate
$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $7,500

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Editions Contemporary: Online Auction

Online Auction 17 - 24 June 2020