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WILLEM DE KOONING | SEATED MAN (CLOWN)

Estimate:

1,000,000

to
- 2,000,000 USD

The Collection of Sidney & Bernice Clyman

129

130

WILLEM DE KOONING | SEATED MAN (CLOWN)

WILLEM DE KOONING | SEATED MAN (CLOWN)

Estimate:

1,000,000

to
- 2,000,000 USD

Lot sold:

2,420,000

USD

WILLEM DE KOONING

1904 - 1997

SEATED MAN (CLOWN) 


signed

oil on Masonite

40 ¾ by 24 ⅛ in. 61.3 by 40.8 cm.

Executed in 1941.

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The artist

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham 

Burt Kleiner, Los Angeles

Paul Kantor Gallery, Beverly Hills 

The Purchase Gallery, Inc., Purchase, New York

Acquired by the present owner from the above in November 1978

Sydney Tillim, "The Figure and the Figurative in Abstract Expressionism," Artforum, Vol. IV, No. 1, September 1965, p. 48, illustrated (titled Clown)

Sally Yard, "Willem de Kooning's Men," Arts Magazine, Vol. 56, No. 4, December 1981, p. 138, illustrated, and pp. 139-141 (text) (titled Clown)

Exh. Cat., Miami, Art Basel Miami Beach, Allan Stone Gallery Booth, Willem de Kooning: Slipping Glimpses, 1920s to 1960s, 2006, n.p., illustrated in color (in installation for the exhibition Willem de Kooning: Liquefying Cubism at Allan Stone Gallery, New York in 1994-1995)

Donald Kuspit, "Beauty and the Beastly Artist: Willem de Kooning's Destructiveness," artnet Magazine, 6 October 2011, online (text)

Exh. Cat., Denver Art Museum (and travelling), Women of Abstract Expressionism, 2016, p. 32, illustrated (in progress in the artist's studio) 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York School: The First Generation, Paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, July - August 1965, p. 67, no. 9, illustrated (1965); and p. 48, no. 9, illustrated (1977 reprint) 

New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Willem de Kooning: Liquefying Cubism, October 1994 - January 1995, p. 1, illustrated (in progress in the artist's studio), and p. 20, no. 12, illustrated in color  

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, de Kooning: A Retrospective, September 2011 - January 2012, pp. 92-93, no. 14, illustrated in color, pp. 80 and 94, illustrated (in progress in the artist's studio), and pp. 94 and 96 (text)