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  • Provenance

    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Lanier Graham 18

  • 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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PROPERTY FROM THE EDWIN C. COHEN FAMILY COLLECTION

169

Love to Wakako

1971
Lithograph, on Akawara paper, with full margins.
I. 104.1 x 65.4 cm (40 7/8 x 25 3/4 in.)
S. 113 x 71.4 cm (44 1/2 x 28 1/8 in.)

Signed, dated and numbered 51/58 in pencil (there were also 18 artist's proofs), published by Knoedler Gallery, New York, framed.

Estimate
£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £5,000

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London Auction 7 June 2018