Willem de Kooning, ‘Untitled (Spoleto)’, 1969-1970, Phillips

Signature: signed "de Kooning" lower right

Minneapolis, Walker Art Center de Kooning: Drawings, Sculpture, March 10 - June 20, 1974
Cedar Falls, University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art; Saint Louis Art Museum; Cincinnati, The Contemporary Arts Center, de Kooning: 1969-78, October 21, 1978 - April 22, 1979, no. 24 (illustrated)
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Willem de Kooning: the North Atlantic Light, 1960-83, May 11 - October 30, 1983, pl. 48, p. 74 (illustrated)
New York, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Willem de Kooning: Drawings and Sculpture, October 31 - December 19, 1998, pl. 28 (illustrated)

Estate of the artist, New York
Matthew Marks Gallery, 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