Published in conjunction with the first
It begins with de Kooning's early academic works made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concludes with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. The volume presents 675 color images, including approximately 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, covering the full diversity of de Kooning's art and placing his many masterpieces in the context of a complex and fascinating pictorial practice.
An introductory essay by John Elderfield, MoMA's Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture, provides an
About the artist: Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1904, and moved to the United States in 1926. His early figurative painting slowly gained attention, and his
Authors — Jim Coddington, Jennifer Field, Delphine Huisinga, Susan Lake, and John Elderfield.
Hardcover. 488 pages.
Commentary on de Kooning's Techniques
A featured image — ...Whose Name Was Writ in Water (1975) — from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, is reproduced from The Museum of Modern Art's monumental career survey, De Kooning: A Retrospective. Of the painting, Jennifer Field writes, "In...Whose Name Was Writ in Water, the mauve brushstrokes at center right have the waxiness of encaustic. They hover over a thick, puckered passage of butter yellow — the result of de Kooning's practice of mixing his paints with safflower oil, water, and either kerosene or another solvent, which he would whip into a 'fluffy consistency.' De Kooning would have learned about the effects of mixing waterbased and