WILLEM DE KOONING HAND-SIGNED OFFSET LITHOGRAPH, "de Kooning", 8 x 11, offset lithograph of his "Woman V", 1953, museum-quality double-matted in silk, with descriptive brass plaque, and framed in complementary gold and green to an overall size of 18 x 22. In fine condition.
Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was a Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and moved to New York in 1927. In the post-World War II era, de Kooning painted in a style that came to be referred to as Abstract expressionism or "action painting", and was part of a group of artists that came to be known as the New York School.
This hand-signed offset lithograph of “Woman V” illustrates the impact that comes from the apparent conflict between the violence of the brush marks and the subject of woman, between the slashing strokes and her big smile. Assessment has veered between Willem de Kooning’s own assurance that he was after ‘some of the enchantment and sunny charm of the All-American girl’, and condemnation from feminist critics for his viciousness and brutality. He worked on the six canvases in the Woman series between 1950 and 1953.