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ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL: PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Willem de Kooning
UNTITLED
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 USD
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ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL: PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Willem de Kooning
UNTITLED
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Willem de Kooning
1904 - 1997
UNTITLED
signed
oil on paper mounted to canvas
40 1/8 by 26 1/4 in. 101.9 by 66.7 cm.
Executed circa 1969.
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Provenance

Collection of Elaine de Kooning, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above)
Private Collection, New York
James Goodman Gallery, New York
Waddington Galleries, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in December 2004

Literature

Waddington Galleries, Paintings, Sculpture and Works on Paper, London 2004, cat. no. 34, p. 75, illustrated in color

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., Kunstmuseum Basel, de Kooning, Paintings 1960-1980, 2005, p. 56

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