Xavier Hufkens

Willem de Kooning

Untitled, c. 1975-79
Oil on paper
104,78 × 76,84 cm | 41 1/4 × 30 1/4 inches
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Willem de Kooning was a Dutch-American Abstract Expressionist painter and a leading figure within the so-called New York group of American modernists, which included Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. His early work was made under the influence of Arshile Gorky, who was a personal friend, and works such as Picasso’s Guernica. For his first solo exhibition in 1948, De Kooning showed a remarkable series of energetic large-scale canvases in black and white household paint that fused elements of European Cubism and Surrealism with a distinctly American sensibility. De Kooning developed into a sublime colourist, as demonstrated in his iconic series of paintings from the 1950s entitled Woman, which hover between portraiture and abstraction. In the 1960s, in response to his move to the countryside in East Hampton, he painted a series of paintings based on the North Atlantic light, and also began sculpting figures modelled in clay that he cast in bronze. De Kooning continued to paint until well into his eighties. His late paintings have a fragility and sparseness to them; despite their controversial reception at the time, they are today considered to be amongst his finest works.

 

Willem de Kooning was recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts in New York (2011-12). Xavier Hufkens works in partnership with the Willem de Kooning Foundation, which administers the artist’s estate.

 

Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam in 1904 and emigrated to America aged twenty-two. He died in East Hampton, New York, in 1997.

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Untitled, c. 1975-79
Oil on paper
104,78 × 76,84 cm | 41 1/4 × 30 1/4 inches

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Untitled, c. 1975-80
Charcoal on paper mounted on paper
25,24 × 20,32 cm | 9 15/16 × 8 inches

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Untitled, c. 1975-80
Pencil on paper mounted on paper
32,86 × 21,59 cm | 12 15/16 × 8 1/2 inches

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Untitled, c. 1965-80
Charcoal on paper
21,43 × 28,1 cm | 8 7/16 × 11 1/16 inches

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Untitled, c. 1965-80
Pencil on paper
25,4 × 20,32 cm | 10 × 8 inches

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Untitled, c. 1965-80
Charcoal on paper
27,78 × 21,59 cm | 10 15/16 × 8 1/2 inches

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Exhibitions

2008

Willem de Kooning
Works on Paper

Publications

Willem de Kooning, Works on Paper

essay by Robert Pincus-Witten
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2008
ISBN 978-9-081291-24-8