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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Notarishuis Arnhem, The Hague, 21 June 2021, lot 304
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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

dedicated 'For Ruud and Anne' lower edge
gouache and graphite on the title page of the catalogue for the artist's 1975 exhibition at Fourcade, Droll, Inc, New York
closed 27.4 x 20.5 cm (10 3/4 x 8 1/8 in.)
open 27.4 x 40.6 cm (10 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.)

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £6,300

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 October 2021