446
446

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ALLAN STONE

Willem De Kooning (1904 - 1997)
UNTITLED, 'CIRCA' 1937
Estimate
50,00070,000
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446

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ALLAN STONE

Willem De Kooning (1904 - 1997)
UNTITLED, 'CIRCA' 1937
Estimate
50,00070,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Willem De Kooning (1904 - 1997)
UNTITLED, 'CIRCA' 1937
gouache and graphite on paper
Sheet: 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 in. (14 by 19.1 cm.); Framed: 10 1/8 by 12 in. (25.7 by 30.5 cm.)
Executed 'circa' 1937.
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Provenance

Rudolph Burckhardt, New York
Anthology Film Archives, New York
Christie's, New York, 8 May 1984, Lot 2 (consigned by the above)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Allan Stone, 'Willem de Kooning: Liquefying Cubism,' New York 1994, illus. pl. 6B

Catalogue Note

This early Surrealist work by de Kooning, who become known as a prominent member of the Abstract Expressionist school, reveals his dedication to the work of his major influence at this time, Arshile Gorky. Gorky gave new form to European Surrealism, an art form focused on unlocking the unconscious, with a lyrical abstraction that prefigured Abstract Expressionism. At the time of this work’s creation, de Kooning had just finished a period of employment at the Federal Art Project (FAP) of the Works Progress Administration, from which he was banned because he lacked American citizenship, having come to the country as a stowaway on a ship a decade earlier.  The current work is representative of the unrealized plans that the artist executed for FAP murals.

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