Willem de Kooning, the Abstract Expressionist famous for his gestural portraits of women, created his first lithograph on a whim. In 1960, the New York-based painter traveled to the Bay Area and visited the newly opened print studios at the University of California, Berkeley. There, de Kooning discovered two oversized …

A gestural abstract print, typical of de Kooning.

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Excellent Condition
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Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated, and numbered, lower margin
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Knoedler, New York
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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 such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline were moving toward pure abstraction, de Kooning developed a signature style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed images of the female form—a then-controversial body of work that has become known as his “Women” series. In his later years, de Kooning abandoned the figure, embracing lyrical abstraction and more discreet references to the body. Today, de Kooning’s innovative abstractions can be found in the public collections of Tate Modern, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. The artist’s work has fetched more than $68 million at auction. Influenced by Arshile Gorky and Pablo Picasso, de Kooning was often thought to have blended abstraction, Cubism, and Surrealism, paving the way for generations of gestural painters such as Cecily Brown.

High auction record
US$66.3m, Christie's, 2016
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2019
DE KOONING: FIVE DECADESMnuchin Gallery
2017
PICASSO - DE KOONINGEdward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC
2013
Willem de Kooning: Ten Paintings, 1983-1985Gagosian
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Valentine, 1971

Lithograph
31 × 23 in
78.7 × 58.4 cm
Edition of 47
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US$24,000
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Willem de Kooning, the Abstract Expressionist famous for his gestural portraits of women, created …

A gestural abstract print, typical of de Kooning.

Medium
Condition
Excellent Condition
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated, and numbered, lower margin
Frame
Included
Publisher
Knoedler, New York
Price ranges of medium-sized prints by Willem de Kooning
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$24,000–$25,500
This work
$0
$31,500+

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 such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline were moving toward pure abstraction, de Kooning developed a signature style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed images of the female form—a then-controversial body of work that has become known as his “Women” series. In his later years, de Kooning abandoned the figure, embracing lyrical abstraction and more discreet references to the body. Today, de Kooning’s innovative abstractions can be found in the public collections of Tate Modern, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. The artist’s work has fetched more than $68 million at auction. Influenced by Arshile Gorky and Pablo Picasso, de Kooning was often thought to have blended abstraction, Cubism, and Surrealism, paving the way for generations of gestural painters such as Cecily Brown.

High auction record
US$66.3m, Christie's, 2016
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works from Susan Sheehan Gallery
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