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1950 Willem de Kooning Born: Rotterdam, Netherlands 1904 Died: East Hampton, New York 1997 enamel on paper mounted on paperboard sheet: 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase from the Vincent Melzac Collection through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program 1980.5.2 Not currently on view

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This black-and-white drawing reveals de Kooning’s mastery of the spontaneous gesture. In the service of pure abstraction, his lines move across the surface with a fluency and energy that distinguish his most accomplished work. Integrating angular and curvilinear forms, this composition captures the tension an artist experiences at the moment of creative expression.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009




paint - enamel


paperboard - ragboard