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Willem de Kooning Art

American, Dutch, 1904-1997

As the de facto leader of the New York avant-garde art movement of the 1950s known as Abstract Expressionism, Dutch-American painter Willem de Kooning blended figuration and abstraction in a revolutionary manner that has resonated for decades. His best-known paintings, which were most often of women but gesturally abstract, were unique and incredibly influential at the time. Today, de Kooning is widely considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

De Kooning trained in fine and commercial arts at the Rotterdam Academy in his hometown of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, before immigrating to the United States in 1926. His first job in America was as a house painter in New Jersey, and the period left an indelible impression on him as he brought large brushes, loose strokes and fluid paints into his work as an artist. He also worked on public murals under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) program in the 1930s. De Kooning’s studies weren’t executed but they included some of his first abstractions, which showed the influence of like-minded artists as well as the music of the Jazz Age. His broad foundation in classical drawing and physical labor are evident even in the most abstract of his works, which amounted to a fusion of Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism.

It was in New York that de Kooning found the space and an abundance of inspiration to pursue art full time. Surrounded by prominent artists like Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Lee Krasner and Fernand Léger, de Kooning drew from the freedom and boldness with which they all approached their work. In 1943, he married Elaine de Kooning, a versatile and immensely talented New York painter with a significant role in the Abstract Expressionist movement.

A major motif in de Kooning’s work is the deconstructed female form. A collection of paintings demonstrative of this is now known as his “Woman” series of the early 1950s, which remains controversial more than half a century later. Drawing inspiration from photography in magazines and using vivid colors and expressive brushstrokes to unforgettable effect, de Kooning depicted his subjects as grotesque, sexualized and loosely abstracted forms, which many critics deemed angry and misogynistic. But it is this very fearlessness in visual and conceptual experimentation that made de Kooning a crucial figure of Abstract Expressionism.

Today, de Kooning’s work is among the most coveted art in the world. His Interchange (1955), with its bold lines and shapes executed in primary colors, is one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

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Untitled Silkscreen by Abstract Expressionist Artist Willem de Kooning
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Stamford, CT
Untitled silkscreen by Dutch American abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997). Signed and numbered 42/75.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Willem de Kooning Art

Woman at Clearwater Beach
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
This bold and richly inked print by master Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning, is from a small edition and signed, dated and numbered 34/44 in pencil by the artist. Lithogra...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Wow
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Willem de Kooning. "Wow" is an abstract expressionist painting, oil on newsprint in bright, vivid colors by Blue Chip artist Willem de Kooning. The artwork is signed in...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Oil, Newsprint

Willem de Kooning 'The Man and the Big Blond' Limited Edition Abstract Print
By Willem de Kooning
Located in San Rafael, CA
Willem de Kooning (Dutch/American, 1904-1997) 'The Man and the Big Blond', 1982 Color lithograph on paper Number 88 from the edition of 150 (plus 15 artist's proofs) Signed in plat...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Composition for Lisa, Willem de Kooning
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) Title: Composition for Lisa Year: 1984 Medium: Color silkscreen on wove paper Edition: 250, plus proofs Size: 17.75 x 23.25 inches Condition: Ex...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Two Women, Willem de Kooning
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) Title: Two Women Year: 1973 Medium: Lithograph on wove paper Edition: 100, plus proofs Size: 13.75 x 11.38 inches Condition: Excellent Inscripti...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Landing Place
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Houston, TX
Willem De Kooning Landing Place, 1971 Lithograph 28 x 37 in (71.1 x 94 cm) Edition of 54
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

For Lisa
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A print by Willem de Kooning. "For Lisa" is a Post-War, abstract expressionist lithograph in a colorful palette of blues and yellows by Blue Chip, Dutch-American artist Willem de Koo...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Woman with Corset and Long Hair
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Fred Genis, Hollanders Workshop, New York Publisher: Knoedler, New York Edition size: 61, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Graham 17 Signed, dated, and numbered, lower margin
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Beach Scene
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Suzuki paper by Dutch-American artist Willem De Kooning (1904-1997) titled "Beach Scene", 1971. Hand pencil signed by De Kooning lower right and numb...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Composition for Lisa
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Edition of 250 Signed and numbered in pencil Published to benefit the Los Angeles Children's Museum
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Revenge
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
From a limited edition of 50, this scarce print was de Kooning's first printed and published work and was and only aquatint he created during his lifetime. Signed and numbered by de...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Aquatint

Guild Hall, Easthampton (hand signed and inscribed by de Kooning)
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Willem de Kooning Guild Hall, Easthampton (hand signed and inscribed by de Kooning), 1976 Offset Lithograph 33 × 39 inches signed and inscribed on the front for Claire with love by W...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Offset

Rainbow: Thelonious Monk, Devil at the Keyboard, Willem de Kooning
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) Title: Rainbow: Thelonious Monk, Devil at the Keyboard Year: 1976 Medium: Color lithograph on cream wove Beckett paper Edition: 125, plus proofs...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Beach)
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this scarce color screenprint on Arches with strong colors. Signed and numbered 9/75 in pencil. Printed by Ives-Sillman, New Haven, with the blind stamp low...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Color, Screen

"Spoleto" Willem de Kooning 1970s Abstract Expressionist Print
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Danvers, MA
Vivid and colorful offset lithograph by the pioneer of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Willem de Kooning. De Kooning was commissioned by the Spoleto Festival of Music, Theatre, ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Rainbow - Thelonious Monk - Devil at the Keyboard by Willem De Kooning 1972
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Willem de Kooning, Dutch/American (1904 - 1997) Title: Rainbow - Thelonious Monk - Devil at the Keyboard Year: 1972 Medium: Six Color Lithograph on Thin Velin, printed signat...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Poems by Frank O'Hara
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Impressive portfolio with 17 lithographs on Japanese Kitakata appliqué with de Kooning's authorized facsimile signature and numbered "23" in pencil on the justification page. Publish...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Valentine
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph on Suzuki paper. Signed, dated and numbered 38/47 in pencil by de Kooning. Printed by Hollanders Workshop, New York. Published by Knoedler, New York.
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Minnie Mouse
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
This richly-inked lithograph is signed, dated and numbered in pencil by de Kooning, from an edition of 60, with the blind stamp lower right. Published by Hollander's Workshop and Fou...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Clam Digger
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Clam Digger, 1967 Signed and numbered in pencil Lithograph Image size: 12 in x 15.9 inches Sheet: 17.5 x 22.5 inches Edition XIII of XX
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1960s Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Souvenir of Montauk
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Fred Genis, Hollanders Workshop, New York; Catalogue raisonné: Graham 9; Signed twice in pencil, left margin
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1970s Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

William De Kooning "High School Desk" Lithograph, Signed, Numbered, Framed, 1970
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Kansas City, MO
Willem De Kooning (Dutch-American, 1904-1997) High school desk, 1970 Viscosity acid edged Lithograph print on Italia paper. Signed, dated and numbered. 26 of an edition of 57. P...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willem de Kooning Art

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Gold Leaf

Untitled
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Signed on front "To Gerland from Bill" on verso
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1970s Modern Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Untitled from the Frank O'Hara book (The spent purpose of a perfectly)
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: De Kooning, Willem Title: Untitled from the Frank O'Hara book (The spent purpose of a perfectly) Series: Frank O’Hara book Date: 1988 Medium: Lithograph Unframed Dimensi...
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1980s Modern Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Clam Digger
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph on Arches. This impression is an Artist's proof, aside from the edition of 100. Signed and inscribed "A.P." in pencil by de Kooning. Printed and published by Hollander's W...
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1960s Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Valentine
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Fred Genis, Hollanders Workshop, New York Publisher: Knoedler, New York Edition size: 47, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Graham 16 Signed, dated, and numbered, lower m...
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1970s Abstract Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Woman in a Rowboat
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Willem de Kooning. "Woman in a Rowboat" is an abstract, oil on paper laid on masonite painting executed in a lush and swirling palette primarily of greens, whites, beig...
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1960s Post-War Willem de Kooning Art

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Masonite, Paper, Oil

Untitled from Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Tbilisi, GE
from the rare limited edition of 175; Original lithograph on paper; Hand signed by the artist; excellent condition
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20th Century Contemporary Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Rainbow: Thelonious Monk Devil at the Keyboard
By Willem de Kooning
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Original lithograph on paper - Published by Rainbow Art Foundation NewYork - In excellent condition - Hand signed by De Kooning
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20th Century Contemporary Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Leda and the Swan - Standing, Seated & Lying Down
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
Only available as the original set of three sculptures Signed with initials “WdeK” and numbered Limited-edition of 9 plus three proofs Provenance: Studio of Willem de Kooning The Spr...
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1980s Modern Willem de Kooning Art

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Granite, Bronze

Seventeen Lithographs for Frank O'Hara: One plate
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
1988 Lithograph hors-texte, on hand-made Japanese Yame paper chine collé to handmade Twinrocker paper Sheet: 29 3/4 x 25 in. (75.6 x 63.5 cm) Edition of 60 + 8AP Signed and numbered ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Seventeen Lithographs for Frank O'Hara: One plate
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
1988 Lithograph hors-texte, on hand-made Japanese Yame paper chine collé to handmade Twinrocker paper Sheet: 29 3/4 x 25 in. (75.6 x 63.5 cm) Edition of 60 + 8AP Signed and numbered ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Seventeen Lithographs for Frank O'Hara: One plate
By Willem de Kooning
Located in New York, NY
1988 Lithograph hors-texte, on hand-made Japanese Yame paper chine collé to handmade Twinrocker paper Sheet: 29 3/4 x 25 in. (75.6 x 63.5 cm) Edition of 60 + 8AP Signed and numbered ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Art

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Lithograph

Willem de Kooning art for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic Willem de Kooning art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Willem de Kooning in lithograph, offset print, paint and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the abstract style. Not every interior allows for large Willem de Kooning art, so small editions measuring 5.519999980926514 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of Dan Christensen, Dale Chihuly and Larry Zox. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $850 and tops out at $85,000, while the average work can sell for $11,000.

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