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Willem de Kooning
UNTITLED
Estimate
500,000700,000
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199
Willem de Kooning
UNTITLED
Estimate
500,000700,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Willem de Kooning
1904 - 1997
UNTITLED
pastel, gouache and charcoal on board
15 by 20 in. 38.1 by 50.8 cm.
Executed circa 1942.
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Provenance

Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
Private Collection, California 
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1998

Catalogue Note

"In 1940, with Paris sealed off from the world by the German army...American artists faced a crisis: what to do, where to go, even how to begin, were put into question...A tradition of Western art seemed to have ended, and with the disappearance of its imperatives there also came a sense of joyful release. The whole past suddenly was available, open to radical reinterpretation and re-use. Mondrian and Bonnard seemed more relevant that Picasso or Braque. Courbet, Monet, Seurat, Pissarro appeared as new artists. Almost anything could seem new: a study of myths and the unconscious, a revival of monumental scale, geometry, anarchy, even art for Art's sake."

Thomas B. Hess in Exh. Cat., New York, Museum of Modern Art (and traveling), Willem de Kooning, 1968, pp. 44-45

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