Willem de Kooning. Pirate (Untitled II). 1981. Oil on canvas. 88 × 76 3/4″. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection Fund. © 1997 Willem de Kooning Revocable Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Some forty paintings made during de Kooning’s final creative years, which demonstrate the artist’s striking range, from spare to animated to richly hued works.