Support: Arakawa paper
Sheet: 73 x 94.6 cm (28 3/4 x 37 1/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1996.231
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Graham 6
Between 1945 and 1948 a group of American artists, including de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Motherwell, developed Abstract Expressionism. The idea of working spontaneously in a non-representational mode grew out of Surrealism, which stressed reaching the unconscious mind. Using automatism, that is, making marks by moving the hand rapidly, before rational reflections have time to interfere, images can be developed that emerge directly from the deepest level of awareness and express a profound psychological reality.
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