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Willem de Kooning. Abstract Expressionism. Action Painting “painting is a way of living” -Willem de Kooning The title excavation deals with digging up the art of the past to find a new meaning for it. (1947- MOMA did an exhibition of petroglyphs and cave paintings)

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

Action Painting

“painting is a way of living”

-Willem de Kooning

The title excavation deals with digging up the art of the past to find a new meaning for it.

(1947- MOMA did an exhibition of petroglyphs and cave paintings)

Canvas = an arena in which to act

The painting has become a record of an event.

Excavation, 1950

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

Action Painting

de Kooning was criticized due to his use of the female form in his work. Since Action painters were to be free of the preconceived image.

He painted the female figure in a very crude manner in a reaction to the way women were portrayed in the media. (ex. Marilyn Monroe)

Woman, 1944

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

He is was Dutch artist that was trained in the trompeL’ole technique. Early in his career, he was said to be a technical expert with his paint

He met Arshile Gorky who introduced him to Automatism which was based on surrealism. It is also known as automatic drawing.

Woman IV, 1952

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

He developed Alzheimer's late in his career, but he continued to paint.

People began to question whether his art was the product of a good painter or an ill person with little control.

He painted the subject of the woman for over twenty years.

Seated Woman, 1952

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

In 1983 one of de Kooning’s paintings titled Two Women sold for a record $1,200,000.00. It was the largest amount of money ever paid for by a living artist.

Unfortunately, de Kooning had to wait until he was fifty years old before he was able to live on his paintings

Study for Woman #1, 1952

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

Action Painting

“painting is a way of living”

-Willem de Kooning

Canvas = an arena in which to act

A painting must be felt, not known

The painting has become a record of an event.

Woman , 1954

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

Action Painting

“painting is a way of living”

-Willem de Kooning

Canvas = an arena in which to act

A painting must be felt, not known

The painting has become a record of an event.

Gotham News , 1955

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Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism

Action Painting

“painting is a way of living”

-Willem de Kooning

Canvas = an arena in which to act

A painting must be felt, not known

The painting has become a record of an event.

Saturday Night , 1956