Willem de Kooning, ‘Study for Seated Woman’, 1946-1948, Fromkin Fine Art

This work is accompanied by a letter, signed by Mr. Michael Luycks, the nephew of Elaine de Kooning who was the executer of the estate of the Elaine de Kooning confirming that the work was sold directly by the estate.

Ms. Amy Schichtler, the director of the de Kooning foundation has confirmed that the work is registered in the archives of the foundation.

Bridgehampton, New York, Mark Borghi Fine Art, Willem de Kooning: A Retrospective Featuring 35 Works from 1936 - 1978, July 2 - July 22, 2011 Munich, Galerie Thomas, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner & Willem de Kooning Drawings: The Expressionist Line, September 14 - November 3, 2012 Berlin, Akim Monet GmbH, Side by Side Gallery, The Aggressive Line: Seminal Drawings of Women - de Kooning, E. L. Kirchner, January 18 - March 9, 2013

T. B. Hess, Willem de Kooning, Braziller, 1959, no. 94, n.n. (illustrated) S. Yard, Willem de Kooning: The First Twenty-six Years in New York, 1986, no. 246, n.n. (illustrated) Ernst Ludwig Kirchner & Willem de Kooning Drawings: The Expressionist Line, exh. cat., Galerie Thomas, Munich, 2012, plate 8 (cover illustration) The Aggressive Line: Seminal Drawings of Women - de Kooning, E. L. Kirchner, exh. cat., Akim Monet GmbH, Side by Side Gallery, Berlin, 2013, p. 8 (cover illustration)

Gifted by the artist to Elaine de Kooning, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Willem de Kooning

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.

Dutch, American, 1904-1997, Rotterdam, Netherlands, based in New York and East Hampton, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2017
New York,
PICASSO - DE KOONING
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Lidia Andich, 
Seattle,
Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015

Solo Shows

2017
New York,
PICASSO - DE KOONING

Group Shows

2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Lidia Andich, 
Seattle,
Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
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