Willem de Kooning. A Tree in Naples. 1960

Willem de Kooning A Tree in Naples 1960

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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.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
6' 8 1/4" x 70 1/8" (203.7 x 178.1 cm)
Credit
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Object number
622.1967
Copyright
© 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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