Untitled

A work made of oil and enamel on paper, mounted on composition board.
© 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil and enamel on paper, mounted on composition board.

Date:

1948/49

Artist:

Willem de Kooning
American, born Netherlands, 1904–1997

About this artwork

Willem de Kooning established his reputation as a key figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement with a series of black-and-white paintings that he created in the late 1940s using household enamels and paper. Characterized by lyrical brushwork and biomorphic abstractions, these works marked the artist’s shift from a figurative drawing style, largely influenced by Arshile Gorky and other European artists, to the evolving gestural tradition of the New York School. Having eliminated color from his palette at that moment, de Kooning became more spontaneous with his application of paint, pushing his compositions to the edge of the paper. The resulting works embodied the physical act of painting, a defining characteristic of what would later become termed “action painting.”

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 291

Artist

Willem de Kooning

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1948–1949

Medium

Oil and enamel on paper, mounted on composition board

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

92.1 × 123.8 (36 1/4 × 48 3/4 in.), without frame

Credit Line

Gift from the Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection

Reference Number

1981.260

Copyright

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

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