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Willem de Kooning was arguably the most important first-generation Abstract Expressionist of the 20th century. In 1950s New York when famous painters Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline began to move away from the figurative tradition, de Kooning maintained his commitment to the figure, painting the female form which dominated his subject matter and his "Women" series. Toward the end of his career, however, his figures became ever more deconstructed and his palette reduced to primary colors. His handling of line and form became more lyrical and less aggressive, which many believe to be a result of dementia which begun to affect him in the mid-1980s.
The present work comes from the larger series "Quatre Lithographies", which was created after his series of primary and secondary color canvases; in the 1980s de Kooning was quite prolific producing over 300 paintings in this vein. According to the present owner this print, one of 15 hors-commerce impressions, was gifted by the artist to the medical humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders. The present owner received the print as a gift from photographer and art collector Luc Fournol, who was a dear friend to artist Bernard Buffet.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Other area
Location: Other location
Notes: Creases in places primarily at the upper right sheer corner and lower sheet edges (see additional images)
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
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Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, New York.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 32 x 29 in. (81.28 x 73.66 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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