After the permanent move from New York City to East Hampton in 1963, de Kooning returned to figuration and painting women, as he first did in the 1950s. The women of the 1960s are portrayed in new manner, where they commingle with their surroundings, as if flesh had been dematerialized into the water and light of the Long Island landscape. De Kooning had commented on his painting from this period: "I try to free myself from the notion of top and bottom, left and right, from realism! Everything should float. When I go down to the water's edge on my daily bicycle ride I see the clam diggers bending over, up to their ankles in the surf, their shadows quite unreal, as if floating" (Quoted in M. Prather, Willem de Kooning Paintings exh. cat., Washington, D.C., 1994, p. 174).