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ELAINE DE KOONING (1918-1989)

 
A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work. A major figure in both the Abstract Expressionist and American Figurative Expressionist movements of the 1940s and 1950s, Elaine de Kooning's prolific output defied singular categorization. Her versatile styles explored the spectrum of realism to abstraction, resulting in a career characterized by intense expression and artistic boundary-pushing. A striking example of de Kooning's explosive creativity is Untitled (Totem Pole), an extremely rare sculptural painting by the artist that showcases her command of color. <br><br>She created this piece around 1960, the same period as her well-known bullfight paintings. She left New York in 1957 to begin teaching at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and from there would visit Ciudad Juárez, where she observed the bullfights that inspired her work. An avid traveler, de Kooning drew inspiration from various sources, resulting in a diverse and experimental body of work.
Sans titre (Totem)c. 196097 x 12 3/8 x 12 3/8 in.(246,38 x 31,43 x 31,43 cm) huile sur toile tendue sur des cylindres en carton
Provenance
Famille d'Elaine de Kooning
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"Pour moi, un tableau est avant tout un verbe, pas un nom - un événement d'abord et seulement accessoirement une image." - Elaine de Kooning

Histoire

Le brillant récit de Mary Gabriel sur les femmes qui se sont tenues à l'écart de leurs homologues masculins, puis qui les ont peints, devait bien s'arrêter à un moment donné. Après tout, Ninth Street Women fait 700 pages. Mais son dernier chapitre, intitulé à juste titre "Epilogue", résume la phase suivante de l'école de New York et de l'expressionnisme abstrait comme s'ils étaient morts en 1960, lorsque les toiles de Frank Stella, rigoureusement peintes en peinture noire, ont mis le monde de l'art sens dessus dessous. En vérité, il y avait plus qu'un changement de saison dans l'air de Manhattan, mais pour trois femmes - Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler et Elaine de Kooning - rien n'était plus faux. La plupart de leurs meilleurs travaux seront réalisés dans les décennies à venir. Quant à Elaine, en 1957, elle avait gagné une bataille acharnée pour parvenir à l'autosuffisance. Elle est libérée de Willem, possède sa propre voiture et, comme pour souligner ce fait accompli, elle voyage dans l'Ouest, découvre les couleurs et l'étendue du paysage et goûte au drame et aux couleurs de la corrida de la Plaza Monumental de Ciudad Juárez, au Mexique. Ses peintures et dessins ont été inspirés par la douzaine de corridas auxquelles elle a assisté. Ce sont des transmutations de cette expérience, des derviches tourbillonnants de couleurs et d'actions palpitantes. La ferveur avec laquelle elle attaquait la toile ou le support papier a changé à jamais. Soudain, voici une artiste qui se montre à la hauteur de l'idéal d'Harold Rosenberg lorsqu'il appelle la naissance de "l'action painting... une arène dans laquelle agir" et affirme que ce qui apparaît sur la toile "n'est pas une image mais un événement".

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    Elaine de Kooning peint sur une sculpture cylindrique dans son studio de New York, 1961
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    Elaine de Kooning, 1961, Frank W. McDarrah
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    Exposition à la Graham Gallery de seize peintures sur cylindres suspendus, avril 1961
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    Elaine dans son atelier, 1963
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    "Sans titre (Colonne)" 1961, huile sur toile sur tube de moquette, 107 ¼ x 12 in, Amarillo Museum of Art.
"L'inspiration est indispensable à mon travail, mais elle est difficile à trouver. Elle est là ou elle n'est pas là ; c'est un don des dieux." - Elaine de Kooning

LES CONNAISSANCES DU MARCHÉ

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    " Red Bison/Blue Horse " (1985-86), huile et fusain sur toile, 77 ¾ x 108 ¼ in. Vendu chez Christie's New York : 9 mars 2021 pour 562 500 USD, un nouveau prix record pour l'artiste aux enchères.
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    "Sans titre" (vers la fin des années 1950), huile sur Masonite, 48 x 60 in. Vendu à Doyle New York : 17 mars 2021 pour 428 400 USD, le deuxième prix d'enchère le plus élevé pour l'artiste.
  • Les deux prix les plus élevés pour des tableaux d'Elaine de Kooning vendus aux enchères viennent d'être fixés en mars 2021, ce qui témoigne de la valeur croissante des œuvres d'Elaine.
  • "Red Bison/Blue Horse" des années 1980, a établi un nouveau record pour l'artiste lors de la vente aux enchères du 9 mars 2021, se vendant pour 562 500 USD.
  • Une semaine plus tard, une peinture de corrida d'Elaine de Kooning datant de la fin des années 1950 a été vendue pour 428 400 USD, soit le deuxième prix le plus élevé pour l'artiste.
  • Nous constatons que les œuvres d'artistes historiquement sous-évalués, comme Elaine de Kooning, continuent de prendre de la valeur.

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