ELAINE DE KOONING

Elaine de Kooning, the wife of Willem de Kooning was a prolific and versatile painter, writer, and teacher. Although she was a major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, de Kooning eschewed developing a singular style and instead painted in a range of modes from realism to abstraction. “Style is something I’ve always tried to avoid. I’m more interested in character,” she said. Her paintings feature loose, thick brushstrokes in bold hues executed in an energetic, improvisational mode. “A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun,” she famously declared, “an event first and only secondarily an image.”

Highly noted for her skill as a portraitist, she often painted friends and contemporary figures, notably including a commission to paint President John F. Kennedy. Born on March 12, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, she went on to study at Hunter College and the American Artists School. De Kooning quickly gained prominence in the burgeoning art scene, becoming a member of the infamous Eighth Street Club alongside Franz Kline, Clyfford Still, and Hans Hofmann, solidifying her place within the canon of American Expressionism. She is regarded as being instrumental in developing contemporary American art, shaping young artists through several teaching positions held at influential institutions like the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. De Kooning died on February 1, 1989 in Southampton, NY.

ELAINE DE KOONING
Untitled (Portrait Sketch of JFK)
pencil on paper
16 7/8 x 13 in.
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Untitled (Pearl & Broad St.)
pencil on paper
11 x 14 in.
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Portrait of Ethel Epstein
oil on canvas
56 1/2 x 40 1/2 in.
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Portrait of Ethel Epstein
pencil on paper
approx. 24 x 18 in.
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Donald Barthelme
oil on canvas
48 1/8 x 59 1/8 inches
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Untitled
ink on paper
13 5/8 x 16 3/4 in.
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Untitled
ink on paper
13 5/8 x 16 3/4 in.
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Untitled
acrylic on paper
17 3/4 x 12 in.
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Untitled
acrylic on paper
17 5/8 x 12 in.
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Untitled
oil pastel on paper
9 x 11 3/4 in.
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Bacchus #19P
acrylic on panel
14 5/8 x 11 5/8 in.
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Untitled
oil on paper
13 x 17 in.
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Untitled
oil on paper
13 x 17 in.
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Bull
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in.
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Kennedy Portrait
oil on canvas
63 x 43 in.
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Guy Fried Painting 4
oil on canvas
61 1/2 x 47 1/2 in.
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Bull Fight
oil on canvas
77 x 96 in.
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Bacchus
oil on canvas
84 x 65 3/4 in.