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IV from Poems by Frank O'Hara, 1988

Book of 17 Lithographs on Japanese Kitakata and Letterpress Poems on Magnani
23 1/2 × 19 in
59.7 × 48.3 cm
$6,500
location
Long Island City
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About the work
Signature
Facsimile authorized signature and numbered in pencil on title page
Series
Edition: 516/550
Publisher
The Limited Editions Club, NYC
Willem de Kooning
Dutch, American, 1904–1997
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A first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In 1950s New York, when painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline were moving away from representational imagery toward pure abstraction, de Kooning maintained a commitment to the figurative tradition, developing a signature style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed images of the female form—a then-controversial body of works that has become known as his “Women” paintings. “Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented,” he famously said. Influenced by Arshile Gorky and Pablo Picasso, de Kooning was often thought to have blended Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in his signature style, paving the way for generations of gestural figurative painters like Cecily Brown. Following his “Women” series, de Kooning pursued non-objective lyrical abstraction until his death in 1997.

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About the work
Signature
Facsimile authorized signature and numbered in pencil on title page
Series
Edition: 516/550
Publisher
The Limited Editions Club, NYC
Willem de Kooning
Dutch, American, 1904–1997
Follow

A first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In 1950s New York, when painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline were moving away from representational imagery toward pure abstraction, de Kooning maintained a commitment to the figurative tradition, developing a signature style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed images of the female form—a then-controversial body of works that has become known as his “Women” paintings. “Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented,” he famously said. Influenced by Arshile Gorky and Pablo Picasso, de Kooning was often thought to have blended Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in his signature style, paving the way for generations of gestural figurative painters like Cecily Brown. Following his “Women” series, de Kooning pursued non-objective lyrical abstraction until his death in 1997.

IV from Poems by Frank O'Hara, 1988

Book of 17 Lithographs on Japanese Kitakata and Letterpress Poems on Magnani
23 1/2 × 19 in
59.7 × 48.3 cm
$6,500
location
Long Island City
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