Collection

Willem De Kooning
American, 1904-1997

Untitled Study (Women), c. 1948
Oil, crayon, graphite and pastel on cream paper
Gift of Mrs. Richard Deutsch (Katherine W. Sanford, class of 1940)
1953.2.6
Period: 20th c
Classification: Painting
Dimensions: Framed: 29 x 39 3/4 x 2 in. (73.66 x 100.97 x 5.08 cm) Unframed: 21 x 32 1/8 in. (53.34 x 81.6 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
Signed (LR): de kooning
Exhibition History v
Japan, Shimane Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," March 7 - May 11, 2008. Cat. no. 55, p 112. Japan, Ishibashi Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," May 17 - July 20, 2008. Cat. no. , p . Japan, Yamagata Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," July 30 - August 31, 2008. Cat. no. , p. . Japan. Fuchu Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," September 6 - November 3, 2008. Cat. no. , p. . Japan, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," November 14 - December 14, 2008. Cat. , p. . Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, "William de Kooning: Tracing the Figure," February 10-April 28, 2002. (Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, September 29, 2002-January 5, 2003).
Description v
One of the key members of the group of Abstract Expressionists who were active in New York, the Dutchman Willem de Kooning worked steadily throughout the 1940s on studies that would evolve into his series of monu- mental paintings of women during the 1950s. Evoking the sensuous cour- tesans of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon of 1907, de Kooning creates a tumble of interlocking forms, some clearly legible as body parts, others less so. The figures with their mask-like faces are set off from a background of strongly contrasting shades of yellow, red, orange, purple, green and blue, creating a primitive and aggressive planar assembly of figures in movement. This de Kooning and two others were the first gifts by Mrs. Deutsch to the Vassar collection and were bought directly from the artist at his studio when she visited him in the company of Thomas Hess, critic and author of early books and articles on de Kooning.
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