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Elaine De Kooning (1919-1989)
WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF ILEANA SONNABEND AND THE ESTATE OF NINA CASTELLI SUNDELL
Elaine De Kooning (1918-1989)

Leo Castelli

Details
Elaine De Kooning (1918-1989) Leo Castelli signed with the artist's initials 'E. de K.' (lower right) oil on canvas 54 x 30 1/4 in. (137.1 x 76.8 cm.) Painted in 1954.
Provenance
The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the estate of the artist
By descent to the present owner
Exhibited
Athens, Georgia Museum of Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Baltimore, Maryland Institute of the Arts; Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center; Huntsville Museum of Art and Huntington, Heckscher Museum, Elaine De Kooning, March 1992-January 1994, p. 61, fig. 13 (illustrated).
Southampton, Parrish Art Museum; Columbus, Wexler Center for the Arts and Tampa Museum of Art, Face Value: American Portraits, July 1995-September 1996, no. 12.
Washington, D.C., National Portrait Gallery, Elaine De Kooning: Portraits, March 2015-January 2016, p. 26, fig. 1.12 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

“Elaine de Kooning was one of the American artists who helped advance the reputation of American art in the mid-20th century as innovative, brash and highly individualistic. As a portraitist working in a gestural Abstract Expressionist mode, she never abandoned working with the figure but ensured that a person’s likeness was linked to their innate vitality and spirit." Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery

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