ONLINE ART AUCTIONS for Contemporary Artworks

Willem De Kooning – Devil at the Keyboard

De Kooning

De Kooning Print
  • Current Bid:

    €1,100.00

  •  

  • Buy It Now:

    €1,200.00

  •  

  • Make an Offer:

  •  

Auction ID:
#4972
Location:
Posted on:
13th of August 2017 at 4:43 PM
Time Left:

225008

Watch List:
Item Specifics
Kind of Seller Art Dealer
Description

Willem De Kooning - Devil at the Keyboard

 

  • (The lonius Monk)

  • Year 1975/76

  • Technic Colored Lithography

  • Edition 125, aside of the edition

  • Size  90,2 x 62,2 cm  Image Size : 82,5 x 51,4 cm.

  • Signed (printsigned De Kooning signature, but one of less sheets with the handsigned Bill Signature in green crayon!)   

  • Zustand good condition,  some small handlings

  • Editor  Rainbow Foundation, New York

Another print of this motive,  also with the blue oil pastel signature was sold on 16.3.2013 at Swann Gallery New York for 3600 $  (Lot # 10).  After "Gordon's Art Reference" a simalar print was sold for  $ 5,124 on 3th of May at Bonhams and Butterfields, San Francisco (Lot # 275)

 

Biography

 
Willem de Kooning (1914 - 1997)

Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on April 24, 1904. His parents, Leendert de Kooning and Cornelia Nobel, were divorced in 1907, and de Kooning lived first with his father and then with his mother. He left school in 1916 and became an apprentice in a firm of commercial artists. Until 1924 he attended evening classes at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten en Technische Wetenschappen (the academy of fine arts and applied sciences of Rotterdam), now the Willem de Kooning Academie.[3]

In 1926 de Kooning travelled to the United States as a stowaway on the Shelley, a British freighter bound for Argentina, and on August 15 landed at Newport News, Virginia. He stayed at the Dutch Seamen's Home in Hoboken, New Jersey, and found work as a house-painter. In 1927 he moved to Manhattan, where he had a studio on West Forty-fourth Street. He supported himself with jobs in carpentry, house-painting and commercial art.[3]

De Kooning began painting in his free time and in 1928 he joined the art colony at Woodstock, New York. He also began to meet some of the modernist artists active in Manhattan. Among them were the American Stuart Davis, the Armenian Arshile Gorky and the Russian John Graham, whom de Kooning collectively called the "Three Musketeers".[4]:98 Gorky, who de Kooning first met at the home of Misha Reznikoff, became a close friend and, for at least ten years, an important influence.[4]:100 Balcomb Greene said that "de Kooning virtually worshipped Gorky"; according to Aristodimos Kaldis, "Gorky was de Kooning's master".[4]:184 De Kooning's drawing Self-portrait with Imaginary Brother, from about 1938, may show him with Gorky; the pose of the figures is that of a photograph of Gorky with Peter Busa in about 1936.[4]:184

De Kooning joined the Artists Union in 1934, and in 1935 was employed in the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, for which he designed a number of murals including some for the Williamsburg Federal Housing Project in Brooklyn. None of them were executed,[1] but a sketch for one was included in New Horizons in American Art at the Museum of Modern Art, his first group show. Starting in 1937, when De Kooning had to leave the Federal Art Project because he did not have American citizenship, he began to work full-time as an artist, earning income from commissions and by giving lessons.[3] That year de Kooning was assigned to a portion of the mural Medicine for the Hall of Pharmacy at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, which drew the attention of critics, the images themselves so completely new and distinct from the era of American realism.

De Kooning met his wife, Elaine Fried, at the American Artists School in New York. She was 14 years his junior. Thus was to begin a lifelong partnership affected by alcoholism, lack of money, love affairs, quarrels and separations. They were married on December 9, 1943. De Kooning worked on his first series of portrait paintings: standing or sedentary men like Two Men Standing, Man, and Seated Figure (Classic Male), even combining with self-portraits as with Portrait with Imaginary Brother (1938–39). At this time, de Kooning's work borrowed strongly from Gorky's surrealist imagery and was influenced by Picasso. This only changed when de Kooning met the younger painter Franz Kline, who was also working with the figurative style of American realism and had been drawn to monochrome. Kline died young and he was one of de Kooning's closest artist friends. Kline's influence is evident in de Kooning's calligraphic black images of this period.

In the late 1950s, de Kooning's work shifted away from the figurative work of the women (though he would return to that subject matter on occasion) and began to display an interest in more abstract, less representational imagery. He became a US citizen in 1961 and moved to East Hampton[disambiguation needed] in 1963. This became his primary residence and he remained there until the end of his life.[5]

On Long Island, de Kooning, in addition to his painting, also began creating sculpture. Inspired in part by the work of Henry Moore, de Kooning created highly abstracted figurative sculpture very reminiscent of his figurative paintings. In stark contrast to Moore's sculptures which are refined and polished and have a seemingly timeless quality, de Kooning's sculptures, having a lumpy, unfinished expression of clay—their initial medium before they were cast in bronze—are restless and energetic.

It was revealed toward the end of his life that de Kooning had begun to lose his memory in the late 1980s and had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for some time.[5] This revelation has initiated considerable debate among scholars and critics about how responsible de Kooning was for the creation of his late work.[citation needed]

Succumbing to the progress of his disease, William de Kooning painted his final works in 1991. He died in 1997 at the age of 92 and was cremated.[citation needed]

origin of biogrphic information Wikipedia

 

Posted Bids
No bids placed yet.
Image Gallery
Map Location
Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>