Head #3

A work made of bronze; edition number five of twelve.
© 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of bronze; edition number five of twelve.

Date:

1973

Artist:

Willem de Kooning
American, born Netherlands, 1904–1997

About this artwork

In 1969, during a vacation in Rome, Willem de Kooning was invited by the American sculptor Herzl Emanuel to his nearby bronze foundry. While there, de Kooning began working with clay and, over the course of the next couple of weeks, made a series of small-scale figures, one of which Emanuel cast in bronze. Encouraged by the sculptor Henry Moore, de Kooning continued creating works that he called “painting in three dimensions.” The heavy, exaggerated form of Head #3 recalls the contorted figures from de Kooning’s paintings. Reflecting on his sculptures, the artist stated: “In some ways, clay is even better than oil. You can work and work on a painting but you can’t start over again with the canvas like it was before you put the first stroke down. . . . But with clay . . . if I don’t like what I did, or I changed my mind, I can break it down and start over. It’s always fresh.”

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Willem de Kooning

Title

Head #3

Origin

United States

Date

1973

Medium

Bronze; edition number five of twelve

Dimensions

49.5 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm (19 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Margaret Fisher

Reference Number

1975.129

Copyright

© 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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