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Willem de Kooning

[Dutch-born American Abstract Expressionist Painter, 1904-1997]

• Relationships: Husband of Elaine Fried de Kooning.
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At one time, it was very daring to make a figure red or blue - I think now that it is just as daring to make it flesh-colored.
- Willem de Kooning, in a BBC TV interview, 1963

 


 
    Willem de Kooning Works Online    
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Original works by Willem de Kooning available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
 
 
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas

Notable SiteGuggenheim Bilbao, Spain

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City

Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Many works online

Notable SiteWillem de Kooning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
Drawings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
19 works online when last checked

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Willem de Kooning: The Late Paintings

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Untitled, 1960
(In the "Lithograph" section)

Notable SiteWillem de Kooning at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
11 works by Willem de Kooning

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Works from the Kenneth Tyler Collection of international prints

Notable SiteNelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri
Woman IV, 1952-53 (Zoom)

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Untitled, 1958

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Untitled, 1958

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Notable SiteThe Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
2 works online

Notable SiteWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Waves I

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Gotham News, 1955

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Two Women III, drawing

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana
2 works online

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Brooklyn Museum/Luce Center for American Art, New York City
(Undocumented Feature: In many cases the raw JPG image is much larger than displayed on the screen)

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Woman VI, 1953

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Willem de Kooning: In Process

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Woman Springs, 1966

Dayton Art Institute, Ohio
Untitled

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Indiana State University Art Collection

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Untitled (Woman), 1971

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Untitled, 1977

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland

Willem de Kooning in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database

Martin Z. Margulies Sculpture Park at Florida International University, Miami

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Museo d'Arte della Città di Ravenna, Italy
Untitled (Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

Willem de Kooning at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Gemini G.E.L. prints

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Standing Figure

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  

Palm Springs Desert Museum, California
Dedication (To Joseph H. Hirshhorn), charcoal on paper, 1970

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Two trees on Mary Street... Amen!, 1975

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Untitled XXII, 1983

Seattle Art Museum

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
Woman

Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago

Willem de Kooning at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam
Singing Women, 1966

Tate Gallery, London, UK

The Jewish Museum, New York City
Mini-site for the 2007-2008 exhibition Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art

The Menil Collection, Texas
Black and White Rome S, 1959

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
- to switch to English, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "English Version"
- images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image


Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
(Click the "Modern" category, then see the work in the first row of thumbnails)

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Devil at the Keyboard

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
Montauk

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Woman, 1949-50

 
National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

 
Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Christie's Past Sale Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

 
Pictures from Image Archives:
Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

California State University WorldImages Database

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project
Clam Digger

The Halter Collection
4 paintings online

University of Michigan Fine Art Slides
Untitled, 1969

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Bing Images: "Willem de Kooning"   
 
 
Miscellaneous Sites:
FBI Art Theft Program
Untitled, graphite drawing, study for the Woman series

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
Untitled, print

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Photograph of the artist by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

UBS Financial Services Art Collection

 
Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Willem de Kooning  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteGrove Dictionary of Art Online (excerpt)  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Art + Auction Magazine
Police Gazette, 1955

artcritical, the online magazine of art and ideas
Montauk I, 1969

ARTnews
Woman, I, 1950-52

ARTnews
"De Kooning's Deception"

Brain-Juice - 20th Century Biographies

Frieze Magazine
Review (from issue 69): Willem de Kooning

Frieze Magazine
Review (from issue 22): Willem de Kooning: Paintings

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

Slate Magazine
"Brushed Off: Why Willem de Kooning's late works shouldn't be," article by Alexi Worth

The Art Story

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Woman I, 1950-52

The New Yorker
"Ghosts", 2001 article by Peter Schjeldahl

Time Magazine
"Painting's Vocabulary Builder", 1984 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Slap and Twist", 1972 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"The Painter as Draftsman", 1974 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Seeing the Face in the Fire", 1994 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Desire at Full Stretch", 1997 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Softer De Koonings", 1978 article by Robert Hughes

 
Multimedia:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Flash presentation of 15 works, including de Kooning's Gansevoort Street, 1949-51
(click "explore 15 works" when you get past the intro)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Interactive Flash feature: Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing


"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
 
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de Kooning: An American Master


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Willem de Kooning: 1987 Paintings


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Willem De Kooning: Reflections in the Studio


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Elaine and Bill


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Willem de Kooning


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Willem de Kooning: Drawing Seeing/Seeing Drawing


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Willem de Kooning: Sculpture


 
 
 
 
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