Willem De Kooning


Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was one of the torchbearers of post-war American abstraction and one of the most important artists of the 20th century. 

With a career spanning nearly seven decades, his oeuvre is marked by extensive exploration and experimentation. While his contemporaries focused on non-representational art, de Kooning's compositions were not categorically abstract. 

The female figure was a frequent departure point for de Kooning, who used frenetic brushstrokes and dense applications of paint to fragment and depict their form.

"Figures in a Landscape VI" displays key characteristics of his hybrid aesthetic. Alternating between sweeping washes and smooth contours, the dynamic composition expertly obscures elements of the landscape while preserving others, such as the sun-punctuated sky in the top right corner.

The top left corner features a pair of eyes, heavily distorted as they descend into the composition. A recurring motif throughout de Kooning's oeuvre, its inclusion heightens the emotional intensity of the work by hinting the presence of an ambiguous figure. 

In 2018, de Kooning achieved an auction record of $68 million for his 1955 painting "Women as a Landscape." Today, his work can be found in every major public collection around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Arts Tokyo, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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"Figures in a Landscape VI"

USA, 1980


Signed and dated by artist

From an edition of 100

38"H 29.5"W (sheet)

42"H 38"W (framed)

Framed with plexiglass

Minor consistent toning in the margins. Overall very good condition.

Published by institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

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