Woman, Sag Harbor

Willem de Kooning, American, b. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1904–1997
The artist, East Hampton, New York, to summer 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, summer 1964-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Exhibition History
M. KNOEDLER & CO., New York. "De Kooning: Recent Paintings," 14 November-2 December 1967
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam. "Willem de Kooning," 19 September-17 November 1968, cat. no. 82, ill. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART INTERNATIONAL CIRCULATING EXHIBITION TOUR: TATE GALLERY, London, 8 December-26 January 1969; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 3 March-27 April, no. 94, ill. p. 130; THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 16 May-6 July; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 28 July-14 September.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, plate 971, p. 626, p. 682.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Willem de Kooning in East Hampton," 9 February-23 April 1978, cat. no. 7, ill. p. 36
MUSEUM OF ART, CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh. "Willem de Kooning: Pittsburgh International Series," 26 October 1979-6 January 1980, cat. no. 33, ill. p. 64
MUSEO DEL PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES, Mexico City. "Painting in the United States from Public Collections in Washington, DC," 18 November 1980-4 January 1981, no. 70, p. 180, ill. p. 181 (Organized by the International Communication Agency, Washington, DC).
MUSEO DEL PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES, Mexico City. "Painting in the United States from Public Collections in Washington, DC," 18 November 1980-4 January 1981,
GUILD HALL MUSEUM, East Hampton, New York. "Willem de Kooning: Works from 1951-1981," 23 May-19 July 1981, cat. no. 20, p. 20.
KORNBLATT GALLERY, Washington, D.C. "Eleven Paintings and Two Sculptures from the Sixties," 7 November-10 December 1981, cat. no. 1
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam. "Willem de Kooning: The North Atlantic Light 1960-1983," 11 May-3 July 1983, cat. no. 6, p. 29, ill. TOUR: LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Humlebaek, 15 July-4 September; MODERNA MUSEET, Stockholm, 17 September-30 October.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture," 15 December 1983-26 February 1984, cat. no. 217, ill. p. 203. TOUR: AKADEMIE DER KUNSTE, Berlin, 11 March-29 April 1984; MUSEE NATIONAL D'ART MODERNE, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 28 June-24 September ill. p. 118)
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 21 October 1993-9 January 1994, cat. no. 27, p. 203, 217, colorplate 27, p. 116-17. TOUR: FUNDACIO "LA CAIXA," CENTRE CULTURAL, Barcelona, Spain, 17 February-3 April 1994; HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, Georgia, 13 September-27 November 1994; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 10 December 1994-19 February 1995; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, Texas, 19 March-28 May 1995.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "Willem de Kooning: Paintings," 8 May-5 September 1994, cat. no. 53, ill. p. 184.
DAVIS MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. "Collection in Context: Willem de Kooning's Door Cycle," 12 October 1995-26 February 1996, cat. no. 1, ill. TOUR: WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 14 March-26 May 1996, cat., ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late Twentieth Century," 7 October 1999-17 January 2000, cat. no. 20, ill. p. 54. TOUR: HAUS DE KUNST, Munich, 11 February-30 April.
LA FONDATION MAEGHT, St. Paul, France. "Le nu au 20e siecle," 4 July-30 October 2000, cat. no. 24, ill. p. 219.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "de Kooning: A Retrospective," 18 September 2011-9 January 2012, pp. 343-46, 356, 360, 362; colorplate 127, p. 363 (color detail, p. 366); color ill. p. 367; fig. 2 (color), p. 368.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection," 9 June 2016-6 August 2017, no cat.
Published References
UNSIGNED. "Prisoner of the Seraglio," Time (26 February 1965), colorplate p. 75
HESS, THOMAS B. "De Kooning's New Women," Art News 64 (March 1965), pp. 36, 64, ill. p. 36
MARMER, NANCY. "Los Angeles Letter," Art International 9 (June 1965), p. 40
AARONS, LEROY. "Sound the Hirshhorn! The collection," The Washington Post Potomac (19 March 1967), colorplate p. 19
HESS, THOMAS B. De Kooning: Recent Paintings (New York: Walker, 1967), colorplate p. 11.
SYLVESTER, DAVID. "De Kooning's Women," Ramparts (April 1969), ill.
HERRERA, A. "Willem de Kooning: A Space Odyssey," Harper's Bazaar 3389 (April 1994): p. 191-195, 230-31.
FORGE, ANDREW W. "De Kooning's Women," Studio International 176 (December 1968), ill. p. 251
JACOBS, JAY. "Collector: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," Art in America 57 (July-August 1969), colorplate p. 68
JACOBS, JAY. "Quality as Well as Quantity: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," in Lipman, Jean, ed. The Collector in America (New York: Viking, 1971), colorplate p. 75
DRUDI, GABRIELLA. Willem de Kooning (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri, 1972), colorplate 126
HUNTER, SAM. American Art of the 20th Century (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1972), colorplate 323
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. Willem de Kooning (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), pp. 35, 50, colorplate 155
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 682, ill. p. 626
GARSON, INEZ. Willem de Kooning in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Scala, 1974), no. 11.
LAUTER, ESTELLA. "Homage to Anima: Some Psychological and Cultural Implications of Willem de Kooning's Images of Women," Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 59 (1976), p. 426, ill. p. 433
HUGHES, ROBERT. "Art: Softer de Kooning's," Time (6 March 1978), ill. p. 79
LUCIE-SMITH, EDWARD, SAM HUNTER, and ADOLF MAX VOGT, et al. Kunst der Gegenwart: Propylaen Kunstgeschichte supplement, vol. II (Berlin: Propylaen Verlag, 1978), colorplate 169, no. 169, p. 180
LAUER, DAVID, A. Design Basics (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1979), p. 201, fig. B
UNSIGNED. A small guide book to American Art Museums (Japan: Sinichi Segi, 1979): p. 247.
STUCKEY, CHARLES F. "Bill de Kooning and Joe Christmas," Art in America 68 (March 1980), p. 67, fig. 3 p. 69
SECREST, MERYLE. "Piezas Admirables del Museo Hirshhorn se Expondran Aqui," Excelsior (20 October 1980), pp. 1, 4B
UNSIGNED. "Exposicion: Pintura Actual de los Estados Unidos," El Sol de Mexico (23 November 1980), p. 6D
LAGE, MARIO. "Plastica Actual," El Universal (24 November 1980), p. 3
BLESSING, MIRTA. "Culti-Cosas," El Universal (unknown date): p. 2.
DESCHAMPS, MADELEINE. La Peinture Americaine: Les mythes et la matiere (Paris: Denoel, 1981), plate XX
GAUGH, HARRY F. Willem de Kooning (New York: Abbeville Press, 1983), fig. 66, pp. 76-77
BROWN, MILTON, W., with the assistance of JUDITH H. LANIUS. One Hundred Masterpieces of American Painting (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983), p. 191
SCHULZ, BERNHARD. "Malerei als Abenteuer," Weltkunst 54 (15 April 1984), p. 1104, ill.
ROSENBLUM, ROBERT. "The Fatal Women of Picasso and De Kooning," Artnews 84 (October 1985), ill. p. 102
HOBHOUSE, JANET. The Bride Stripped Bare (London: Jonathan Cape, 1987), fig. 227, p. 254
WALDMAN, DIANE. Willem de Kooning (New York: Harry N. Abrams with the National Museum of American Art, 1988), no. 88
BARNETT, CATHERINE. "The Conundrum of Willem de Kooning," Art & Antiques (November 1989), ill. p. 69
GOLDSTEIN, NATHAN. Design and Composition (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, n.d.), fig. 2.15, p. 38
MUSEE ABBAYE SAINTE-CROIX (LES SABLES-D'OLONNE, FRANCE). Bataille: Georges Bataille, une autre histoire de l'oeil: Mars-Juin 1991, (Les Sables d'Olonne: L'Abbaye, c1991), p. 73
POLCARI, STEPHEN. Abstract Expressionism and the Modern Experience ( Cambridge, New York, Port Chester, Melbourne, Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1991), p. 295
YARD, SALLY. "Willem de Kooning: the creative process," Helix 1/1 (1992), p. 46.
NERET, GILLES VON. Erotik in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts (Koln: Bendikt Taschen, 1992), p. 49.
SUFFIELD, LAURA. "The artist and his patron: De Kooning at the Hirshhorn," The Art Newspaper 32 (November 1993): p. 10.
ART & AUCTION 16/4 (November 1993): p. 116.
UNSIGNED. "Willem de Kooning: Hirshhorn Museum," Journal of the Print World (Fall 1993): unpaginated.
GUAY, HERVE. "Willem de Kooning ou l'art dans sa totalite," Le Devoir (27-28 November 1993): p. C12.
SMITH, ROBERTA. "De Kooning's 90th Birthday nears and Hirshhorn leads the Tribute," New York TImes (14 December 1993): p. C19.
CATEFORIS, DAVID. "Willem de Kooning," Art Journal 53/4 (Winter 1994): pp. 86-89.
UNSIGNED. "Fuerza Expresiva del Gesto," La Vanguardia Magazine, (unknown date): p. 62.
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. "En la pintura, tengo mas de novelista que de poeta," El Mundo (18 February 1994): 57, 58.
GAFAROT, XAVIER. "Barcelona acoge desde hoy la unica muestra europa de De Kooning," Barcelona (Cataluna) (18 February 1994): p. 41.
BORRAS, MARIA LLUISA. "Pintar es una manera de vivir," La Vanguardia Magazine (25 February 1994): p. 43.
UNSIGNED. Economics (February 1994): p. 73.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "Willem de Kooning," El Guia. Art de l'arc mediterrnaeen 7 (February 1994): p. 21.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "Willem de Kooning, pionero y lider del expresionismo abstracto," Panorama (March 1994): p. 3.
ANFAM, DAVID. "Washington and Barcelona: Willem de Kooning," Burlington Magazine (April 1994): p. 69-70.
CATEFORIS, DAVID. Willem de Kooning (New York: Rizzoli Art Series, 1994).
SCHKAGHECK, IRMA. "Willem de Kooning: Amerikas grober Maler wird 90," Art (April 1994): p. 25.
SOLOMON, DEBORAH. "The Figure in the (Abstract) Canvas," Wall Street Journal (6 May 1994): p. A12.
DIXON, GLENN. "Art for Art's Sake," CIty Paper (27 May 1994): 34.
TULLY, JUDD. Art & Value 2/1 (1994): p. 56.
WEIL, REX. "William de Kooning," Art News 93/7 (September 1994): pp. 176, 178.
LLOYD-JINKNER, AMY. "The Endurance of Beauty," Creative Loafing (17 September 1994): p. 29.
SPRECHER, MARY. "An abstract look at Kooning," Southern Flair (September 1994).
FOX, CATHERINE. "De Kooning at the High: His is legacy of abstraction," The Atlanta Journal/The Atlanta Constitution (25 September 1994): p. N1, N3.
RATCLIFF, CARTER. "New World Order," ArtForum International 33/3 (November 1994): p. 75-79, 113.
KUSPIT, DONALD. "Body of Evidence: Old school Master," ArtForum International 33/3 (November 1994): p. 75-79, 113.
UNSIGNED. "de Kooning Retrospective honors Artist's Birthday," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (4 November 1994): p. 99.
UNSIGNED. "Willem de Kooning at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," Journal of the Art World (Winter 1995).
KALIL, SUSIE. "Defining de Kooning," Houston Press (20-26 April 1995): p. 4.
GARRELS, GARY and ELISE HAAS. Willem de Kooning: The Late Paintings, the 1980's (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1995): cat. ill. p. 29.
SILVER, JOAN. "'Doors open up de Kooning's world,'" Unknown publication (22 October 1995).
TEMIN, CHRISTINE. "Doors of perception," The Boston Globe (12 November 1995): pp. 57, 62-63.
LOOS, TED. "Doors of Perception," Arts & Antiques 19/5 (May 1996): p. 103-105.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "Artist and Patron: The formation of the Hirshhorn Museums' Willem de Kooning collection," Journal of the History of Collections 8/1 (1996): p. 117-125.
GIBSON, ANN. Joe Overstreet: Works from 1957 to 1993, January 20 through April 7, 1996. (New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, 1996): p. 30.
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NEMECZEK, ALFRED. Das Bild der Kunst (Art das Kunstmagazin, 1999): p. 23.
ROSENBLUM, ROBERT. On Modern American Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1999): ill. p. 92, p. 368.
KUSPIT, DONALD. "Disregarding Beauty," Art New England (April/May 2000): p. 15.
HUSER, FRANCE. "Les nudes du siecle," Le Nouvel Observateur 1864 (27 July thru August 2000): p. 82.
STEINER, WENDY. The Trouble with Beauty (London: William Heinemann, 2001): plate 6.
BARNETT NEWMAN. Ed. by Ann Temkin (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2002): p. 90.
CHRISTIE'S NEW YORK. Post-War and Contemporary (Morning Session) (Wednesday 15 May 2002): p. 24.
SCHILLING, MICHAEL et al. "Modern Science and Contemporary Paintings: Preserving an Evolving Legacy," The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter 17 (3 November 2002): p. 6.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Oil and charcoal on wood
80 x 36 in. (203.1 x 91.2 cm)