Oil on cardboard
Framed: 55 x 44.5 x 8 cm (21 5/8 x 17 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 46.7 x 36.8 cm (18 3/8 x 14 1/2 in.)
Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1964.1
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
De Kooning once famously stated, "Flesh was the reason oil painting was invented."
By using rough, hasty brushstrokes, de Kooning gives us a glimpse into his process. He painted many women during the 1940s and 1950s, each time emphasizing the action of painting in his depictions of the female form.
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