Untitled XI

A work made of oil on linen.
© 1975 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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  • A work made of oil on linen.

Date:

1975

Artist:

Willem de Kooning
American, born Netherlands, 1904–1997

About this artwork

Willem de Kooning is known for emotive, gestural canvases that transcend conventional definitions of figuration and abstraction. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he turned his attention away from painting, instead focusing on sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. In 1975, at the age of 71, de Kooning began one of the most productive periods of painting in his career, quickly completing 20 new, large canvases within 6 months. Untitled XI belongs to this series, which was, with a few exceptions, untitled and chronologically numbered. Moving away from tightly organized compositions, de Kooning used free-flowing brushwork and softened, sensuous hues to liberate form. Here the figurative references that are dominant in his earlier work are nearly lost within a far more lyrical and joyful abstract landscape.

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Artist

Willem de Kooning

Title

Untitled XI

Origin

United States

Date

1975

Medium

Oil on linen

Inscriptions

Not inscribed on recto; signed: verso: "de Kooning" (bottom left in black crayon)

Dimensions

195.6 x 223.5 cm (77 x 88 in.), without frame

Credit Line

Through prior bequests of John J. Ireland and Joseph Winterbotham; Walter Aitken Endowment

Reference Number

1983.792

Copyright

© 1975 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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