Willem de Kooning. Woman I. 1950–52

Willem de Kooning Woman I 1950–52

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De Kooning took an unusually long time to create Woman I, making numerous preliminary studies and repainting the work repeatedly. The hulking, wild–eyed subject draws upon an amalgam of female archetypes, from Paleolithic fertility goddesses to contemporary pin–up girls. Her threatening stare and ferocious grin are heightened by de Kooning's aggressive brushwork and frantic paint application. Combining voluptuousness and menace, Woman I reflects the age–old cultural ambivalence between reverence for and fear of the power of the feminine.

Gallery label from 2006
Oil on canvas
6' 3 7/8" x 58" (192.7 x 147.3 cm)
Object number
© 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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