Grotesque! Chaotic! Jolly! Depraved! Alluring! Sexually aggressive!
These are feelings people have about the work of Dutchman, Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)- especially about his depictions of women. The above work, “Woman V,” took de Kooning 2 years of painting, scraping, ripping and re-painting…the year 1952. Notice his brush strokes, his color, the way he almost attacks the canvas. What a painting! In 1986, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, and in 2006 one of his series of “Woman” sold for $137.5 million. What is your reaction to this painting?