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Willem de Kooning

Untitled
1950
enamel on paper
22 x 30 in.
Smithsonian Amrican Art Museum, Purchase from the Vincent Melzac Collection through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisitions Program

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