WILLEM DE KOONING
1904 - 1997
signed and dedicated souvenir to Paul from Bill de Kooning
graphite and pastel on paper
sheet: 23⅝ by 18½ in. 60 by 47 cm.
framed: 25½ by 20¼ in. 64.8 by 51.4 cm.
Executed circa 1953.
This work is in good condition overall. The vellum is laid down on a mat board. There is evidence of time staining to the image with previous mat staining visible as well. There are three repaired tears visible: one is curved and extends from the lower quarter of the left edge towards the middle approximately 6.5-inches; and 2 along the right edge. There are scattered stray media accretions, faint abrasions and small, circular white bubbling caused by media accretions along the top and bottom of the vellum but do not impede onto the image itself and are obscured by the top mat. There is a pinpoint in the vellum just after the “e” in “de Kooning” and there are several pinholes to the vellum in the upper right and left corners and two minute horizontal abrasions to the vellum in the upper right corner. Framed under glass.
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Private Collection, New York
Sotheby's, New York, 3 May 1995, Lot 247
Private Collection, Geneva
Private Collection, Paris (by descent from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Dickinson Roundell Inc., Willem de Kooning and Martin Kippenberger, April 2015