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The geometric shapes and lines making up the woman’s body describe space with great precision, positing the figure in a tradition of synthetic Cubism whereby various planes intersect and overlap with extraordinary force. Although not grounded in a specific environment, the woman is firmly asserted in confident marks of charcoal and pencil, and punctuated by areas of extraordinary pastel color. Round sensuous forms of shoulders, breasts and hips, juxtaposed with severe sharp angles create a composition that oscillates between figuration and abstraction. Surrounded by rectangular forms that jut upwards into the sky, approximating a cityscape, and sidelined by a sun bursting with triangular rays, de Kooning's woman is one with her environment. In contrast to the intense gestural force that describes the woman’s figure, de Kooning has softened the features of and spent extensive time modelling her face. Triangular eyes rise upward, hopeful and curious, imbuing the present work with tenderness not often seen in the artist’s corpus. A rare and deeply treasured icon of arguably one of the most important series of post-war paintings, Untitled embodies the passion and commitment with which de Kooning approached this subject.
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