A favorite of Monet & Me's is De Kooning...where to start? De Kooning, a Dutch, Abstract Expressionist most known for his painting "Woman 1" 1950-1952, noteably said, "Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented." De Kooning experimented with a variety of subject matter, but was most fascinated with the human body as are most men, can we blame them? Like most creative minds, De Kooning wasn't spared hardship and struggled with bouts with alcoholism, scandalous love affairs, and eventually his battle with Alzheimer's.
Shall we rewind? So, what exactly is "Abstract Expressionism?" Abstract Expressionism can be defined as a post WWII Art Movement which began in New York. These free spirited painters resisted a cohesive art style and broke away from traditional processes. Instead, Pop Art painters used unconventional materials such as house paint. This movement put New York City on the map, for hundreds of years Paris was considered the birthplace of all creative styles mothering Matisse, Picasso as well as hundreds of artistic legends. As some of you might be thinking, "Who else was a part of this unorthodox artistic motion?"Abstract Expressionist Icons include Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko, and Franz Kline.
Let's turn our gaze back to the talented, De Kooning. The prolific artist was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the last decade of his life. With De Kooning's mental state, his daughter Lisa became the executor of his estate and eventually created the De Kooning Foundation which houses most of his art. De Kooning's work was eventually recognized by the MOMA in the 2002 solo exhibit "Retrospective" which studied his artistic development over seven decades. Can you imagine, 70 years of masterpieces? Our hope is for a De Kooning Exhibit in the near future, celebrating his unparalleled style and inspiring life which produced some of the most famous artwork to date.
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