Willem de KooningWomen Singing II 1966

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Artist
Willem de Kooning (1904‑1997)
Title
Women Singing II
Date 1966
MediumOil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 914 x 610 mm frame: 990 x 690 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1970
Reference
T01178
Not on display

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This is one of three paintings by De Kooning titled Women Singing. They were based on pop singers the artist saw on television. The energetic style and vibrant colours are typical of De Kooning''s work of the 1960s. Interviewed by Sylvester a few years earlier, he spoke of the authority that he felt he had achieved in his painting. ''I have all my forces ... I have a bigger feeling now of freedom. I am more convinced ... of picking up the paint and the brush and drumming it out.''

September 2004

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