Willem de Kooning. A Tree in Naples. 1960

Willem de Kooning

A Tree in Naples

1960

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
© 2017 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Willem de Kooning has 80 works online.
There are 2,314 paintings online.

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

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