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LUMIÈRES: THE LEVY FAMILY COLLECTION

Willem de Kooning
UNTITLED
Estimate
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155

LUMIÈRES: THE LEVY FAMILY COLLECTION

Willem de Kooning
UNTITLED
Estimate
400,000600,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Willem de Kooning
1904 - 1997
UNTITLED
signed
oil on paper mounted to canvas
36 by 24 in. 91.4 by 70 cm.
Executed in 1972.
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Provenance

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Marisa del Re Gallery, New York
Private Collection, California
Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich
Acquired from the above by the present owner in June 1998

Catalogue Note

"The indeterminate contours and slashing shorthand push the figures de Kooning painted in the second half of the 1960s into abstraction and vice versa. The figure is dared into existence. The body of the seated, splayed-legged woman...is so marginally delineated that it all but becomes a negative space. Her legs dissolve, her arms are almost impossible to locate...Some of the primal ambiguities and ferocity of Woman I rise to the surface."
Klaus Kertess in Exh. Cat., Basel, Kunstmuseum, de Kooning, Paintings 1960-1980, 2005, p. 56

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