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Willem de Kooning (American (born The Netherlands), Rotterdam 1904–1997 East Hampton, New York)

Date:
ca. 1949
Medium:
Oil and enamel on paper
Dimensions:
24 1/8 x 20 1/2in. (61.3 x 52.1cm) (irregular)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.32.31
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    Many of de Kooning’s smaller works of 1949 relate to his major project of that year, Attic, which hangs nearby. Here, he tests himself to see how far he can distort and
    abstract body parts.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (upper left & lower right): de Kooning

  • Provenance

    Aaron Siskind, acquired from the artist; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Z. Steinberg, Chicago, purchased from Siskind, ca. 1955 - gift of Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006.

  • Exhibition History

    Avant-Garde Chicago: Exhibit of Contemporary Art from Chicago Collectors, Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall, University of Chicago, opened November 11, 1968, exh. cat. by Harold Rosenberg, n.p.

    Willem de Kooning 1941-1959, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, October 4 - November 16, 1974, exh. cat. by Judith Russi Kirshner, with introduction by Harold Rosenberg, no. 9, ill.

    An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 21-September 27, 1981, exh. cat. by William S. Lieberman, p. 153.

    Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper, Selections form The Metropolitan Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, January 26-April 4, 1993, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 4-November 7, 1993, exh. cat. by Lisa Mintz Messinger, no. 7, pp. 18, 23 (fig. 7), 24.

    Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 18, 2007 - February 3, 2008, exh. cat. edited by Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal, no. 26, pp. 80-82 (ill.; essay by Richard Shiff).

  • See also
490144

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