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Willem de Kooning
Born 1904 in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died 1997 in New York, NY
Untitled (Woman), 1971
mixed media on newsprint
45 1/4 x 29 1/4 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1995.23
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Alongside Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, de Kooning was one of the leading figures in the gestural faction of Abstract Expressionism. His work, more than the others, balances figuration with abstraction, which he achieves by working and reworking his gestural passages of richly colored paint. De Kooning studied the female figure on and off throughout his career, and favored pinks, yellows, and blues, as demonstrated in the painting above.
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