Skip to Main Content

Willem de Kooning, Woman with Corset and Long Hair, 1970. Courtesy of Sragow Gallery.

Willem de Kooning: Lithographs

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 lithographic stones, each nearly four feet high, and a standard cleaning mop. In less than an hour, he slathered the cleaning tool across the stones to create two explosive images, titled Waves I and Waves II. A decade later, de Kooning revisited the lithography technique after a 1970 trip to Japan inspired him to create compositions reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy and Sumi ink painting. Upon return, he began his most generative year in printmaking, collaborating with the master printmaker Irwin Hollander to create 24 black-and-white lithographs reminiscent of dripped and splashed ink.

Navigate left
Navigate right
Medium
Reveal less
Price
Reveal less
Ways to buy
Reveal less
Check
Buy now
Check
Make offer
Check
Bid
Check
Inquire
Size
Reveal less
This is based on the artwork’s average dimension.
Check
Small (under 40cm)
Check
Medium (40 – 100cm)
Check
Large (over 100cm)
Time period
Reveal more
Color
Reveal more
Navigate left
Navigate right