February 25, 2011

Friday Fave

This Willem de Kooning oil was auctioned in Christie's Post War and Contemporary Evening Sale, November 13, 2007, realizing $19,921,000. Beyond the enormous price tag, this work is an outstanding example from de Koonings last great oil series.  In a creative spurt from the spring of 1975 through 1978, de Kooning drew inspiration from his immediate surroundings on Long Island; focusing on light, water and the landscape.  "When I moved into this house," de Kooning observed in 1976, "everything seemed self-evident. The space, the light, the trees-- I just accepted it without thinking about it much. Now I look around with new eyes. I think its all a kind of miracle" (W. de Kooning, quoted in M. Prather, Willem de Kooning Paintings, exh. cat., Washington. D.C., 1994, p. 197).  While his paintings remained largely abstract, glimpses of light and nature flow onto the canvases.



Willem de Kooning (American/Dutch 1904-1997). Untitled XXIII, oil on canvas


I love the fluidity and painterly nature of the brush strokes; not to mention the vibrant colors. It reminds me of springtime and the regrowth of the landscape.


Have a wonderful weekend!


{photo via Christie's}

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