Willem de Kooning Women Singing II 1966

Artwork details

Artist
Willem de Kooning 1904–1997
Title
Women Singing II
Date 1966
Medium Oil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 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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