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Figure

1949

Willem de Kooning

(American, 1904-1997)

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

Fun Fact

De Kooning once famously stated, "Flesh was the reason oil painting was invented."

Description

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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