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    Sale 2048

    Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale

    12 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 49

    Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)


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    Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
    signed and dated 'de Kooning '51' (lower right)
    graphite, charcoal, pastel and oil on paper
    21½ x 16½ in. (54.6 x 41.9 cm.)
    Executed in 1951.

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    Ruth and Paul Tishman, New York
    James P. David and Virginia Harrison, New York
    Marc Blondeau, S.A., Paris
    Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 13 November 2001, lot 50
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text

    Master Drawings of American Post-War Art: A Private Collection


    G. Drudi, Willem de Kooning, Milan, 1972, no. 74 (illustrated).
    T.B. Hess, Willem de Kooning Drawings, London, 1972, pp. 140-141, no. 51 (illustrated).


    New York, Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Willem de Kooning, March-September 1969, p. 86, no. 120 (illustrated).
    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Ottowa, National Gallery of Canada; Washington, D.C., Phillips Collection; Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Houston, Museum of Fine Arts and St. Louis, Washington University Gallery of Art, Willem de Kooning: Drawings and Sculptures, March 1974-June 1975, no. 55, pl. 42 (illustrated in color).
    East Hampton, Guild Hall Museum, Willem de Kooning: Works from 1951-1981, May-July 1981, no. 41.
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Berlin, Akademie der Künst and Paris, Musée National d'Art Modern, Center Georges Pompidou, Willem de Kooning: Drawings-Paintings-Sculpture, December 1983-September 1984, p. 46, no. 38 (illustrated in color).
    New York, Pace Gallery, Willem de Kooning-Jean Dubuffet: The Women, November 1990-January 1991, pl. 10 (illustrated in color).
    Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure, February 2002-January 2003 (illustrated in color).