Willem De Kooning
- Willem de Kooning
- signed; dedicated To Leo from Bill on the reverse
- oil on paper mounted on canvas
- 29 1/2 by 22 1/4 in. 75 by 57.2 cm.
- Executed in 1965.
Sotheby's, New York, March 22, 1979, lot 82
Syd Deutsch and Shaindy Fenton, Fort Worth
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase, The Benjamin J. Tillar Memorial Trust
Beverly Hills, Salander O'Reilly Galleries, Willem de Kooning: An Exhibition of Important Paintings and Works on Paper, January - February 1991
The present work, Woman, which de Kooning painted in 1965, is one such example in which a vibrant palette, abstracted figuration and liquefied paint application work in tandem with de Kooning’s suggestive female poses to inject a renewed primal vitality into this famed series of tactile, fleshy Women. In the paintings of this period, de Kooning’s distinctions among face, torso and legs are indeterminate and dissolved – often pulled apart and spread across the canvas. He investigates this distortion of figure, returning to the bare essentials of form as well as color. The flattened abstraction of Woman relates to the art historical debate surrounding modernist pictorial space, yet simultaneously exudes an explicit sexuality. The provocative nature of this arousing subject matter is evident. This fluid depiction gestures a more contemplative yet sensual period in his work.