This work belongs to a group of abstractions inspired by the landscape. In them de Kooning simplified his visual vocabulary to a few powerful, expansive brushstrokes that evoke the vistas of color found in the natural world. He described the experience that inspired these works: “Just coming around roads, some place, and having the sensation of a piece of it, a piece of nature, like a fence, something on the road.
And I really get very elated by again looking, by again seeing that the sky is blue, that the grass is green.”
Gallery label from Abstract Expressionist New York, October 3, 2010-April 25, 2011