Robert Mapplethorpe Willem de Kooning 1986

Artwork details

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Title
Willem de Kooning
Date 1986
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 476 x 471 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00148
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

The Dutch-born American painter, Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), was, along with Jackson Pollock, the chief representative of the gestural form of Abstract Expressionism. Mapplethorpe portrays him as a benign ‘old-timer’ in his working overalls. As with his portraits of Brice Marden, Roy Lichtenstein and Francesco Clemente, it appears Mapplethorpe has photographed him infront of one of his own paintings.

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