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Woman

Willem de Kooning

Contemporary Art

In this dynamic work, part of Willem de Kooning’s Woman series, the image is neither fully abstract nor completely representational. Human body parts, though discernible, are obscured by rich and frenzied painterly lines. Facial features are the artist’s only concession to an identifiable figure. The masklike face, flattened forms, and almond-shaped eyes show the influence of Pablo Picasso, whose work fascinated de Kooning from an early age.

Born in the Netherlands, de Kooning came to the United States in 1926 in pursuit of the American dream as a stowaway aboard a British freighter.
MEDIUM Oil on paper board
DATES 1953-1954
DIMENSIONS Other: 35 3/4 x 24 3/8in. (90.8 x 61.9cm) Frame: 2 x 43 5/16 x 32 in. (5.1 x 110 x 81.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "de Kooning"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 57.124
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Willem de Kooning (American, born Holland, 1904-1997). Woman, 1953-1954. Oil on paper board, Other: 35 3/4 x 24 3/8in. (90.8 x 61.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 57.124. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.124_reference_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 57.124_reference_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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