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.)
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1964.1
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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