Willem de Kooning, ‘Untitled’, circa. 1975, C. Grimaldis Gallery
Willem de Kooning, ‘Untitled’, circa. 1975, C. Grimaldis Gallery

Exhibited in:
Willem de Kooning Restrospective Exhibition
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
December 15, 1983 - February 26, 1984

Akademie de Künste, Berlin
March 11 - April 29, 1984

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
June 26 - September 24, 1984

Willem de Kooning Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture of the 70’s
C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore
April 2 - May 2, 1987

Reproduced in the exhibition catalogue "Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture," 1983, page 100, plate 113.

Xavier Fourcade Gallery, New York

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