Lot 174
  • 174

Willem de Kooning

1,000,000 - 1,500,000 USD
855,000 USD
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  • Willem de Kooning
  • Abstract 
  • oil on canvas 


Collection of Edwin Denby and Rudolf Burkhardt, New York
Collection of Thomas B. Hess, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Berlin, Akademie der Künste, Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, December 1983 - April 1984, pl. 142, p. 141, illustrated in color
Frankfurt am Maim, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Willem de Kooning: Max-Beckmann-Preis 1984 der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, May - June 1984
New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Liquefying Cubism, October 1994 - January 1995, pl. 9, illustrated in color
New York, Allan Stone Projects, Artists of the New York School, October - December 2016


Thomas B. Hess, Willem de Kooning, New York 1959, pl. 51, p. 60, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"de Kooning's [shapes] are biomorphic and their relationship is easier, less fitted together. They do not imply an abstracted still life but a mini-community of living things; their cellular connotations are enhanced by looping lines that suggest sensitive feelers and the motion of individual beings through liquid or air. The paintings mood rests in large part on the subtle balance of line, mass, soft-spoken color, implied momentum, and a cautious, uncrowded composition."

Harry F. Gaugh, Willem de Kooning, New York 1983, p. 13