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

 

Willem de Kooning
Born 1904 in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died 1997 in New York, NY
Untitled, 1977
oil and enamel paints, charcoal on canvas
60 x 48 inches
Courtesy of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
L99:WTK1.1
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Like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, de Kooning was one of the central figures of the gesture painters of Abstract Expressionism. Here is a classic example from de Kooning’s body of work. Note his focus on the figure of woman, which he studied on and off for his entire career, combined with the gestural passages of richly colored paint. De Kooning’s favored pinks, yellows, and blues are all demonstrated in this painting.