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Seated Woman on a Bench, (1972/cast 1976)

Willem de Kooning, American, b. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1904–1997

Bronze, 37 3/4 x 36 x 34 3/8 in. (95.9 x 91.9 x 87.4 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981

Accession Number: 86.1364

Provenance:
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 9 November 1976-31 August 1981
(Estate of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1981-1986)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981

Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. "Selections from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest," 7 August-16 November 1986, no. 31 (unpublished checklist)
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.. "Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 21 October 1993 - 9 January 1994, no. 46, p. 142-3. TOUR: FUNDACIO "LA CAIXA," CENTRE CULTURAL, Barcelona, 17 February -3 April 1994; HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, 13 September - 27 November 1994; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 10 December 1994 - 19 February 1995; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 19 March - 28 May 1995.
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY, New York. "Willem de Kooning: Sculpture," 1996, cat. no. 18.
THE WHITE HOUSE (organized by the National Gallery of Art), Washington, DC. Sculpture from Washington Collections, 4 October 1996 - 30 September 1997, brochure, ill.

Published References:
WALDMAN, DIANE. Willem de Kooning in East Hampton (New York: Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum, 1978), p. 120, no. 89
COPPET, LAURA DE and ALAN JONES. The Art Dealers (Alan Jones and Laura de Coppet, 1984): p. 184.
GUAY, HERVE. "Willem de Kooning ou l'art dans sa totalite," Le Devoir (27-28 November 1993): C12.
UNSIGNED. "Fantastic Fusions," Wingspan (December 1993).
UNSIGNED. "Around and Abount SI," The Torch (January 1994): p. 2.
CATEFORIS, DAVID. "Willem de Kooning," Art Journal 53/4 (Winter 1994): 86-89.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "Willem de Kooning, pionero y lider del expresionismo abstracto," Panorama (March 1994): p. 9.
SPRECHER, MARY. "An abstract look at Kooning," Southern Flair (September 1994).
UNSIGNED. "De Kooning Retrospective honors Artist's Birthday," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (4 November 1994): p. 99.
TEMIN, CHRISTINE. "Rediscovering De Kooning," The Boston Globe (9 December 1994): p. 49.
UNSIGNED. "Willem de Kooning at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," Journal of the Print World (Winter 1995).
ZILCZER, JUDTIH. "Artist and patron: the formation of the Hirshhorn Museum's Willem de Kooning collection," Journal of the History of Collections 8/1 (1996): p. 117-125.
BARNES, BART. "Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning Dies," Washington Post (20 March 1997): A1.
KOTZ, MARY LYN. "At the White House: The First Lady's Sculpture Garden," Sculpture Magazine (July-August 1998): p. 28.
FLETCHER, VALERIE J.. A Garden for Art: Outdoor Sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute, 1998).
MORRIS, CATHERINE. The Essential Willem de Kooning (Wonderland Press, 1999): p. 96.
FINEBERG, JONATHAN. Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being (Second Edition) (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000).

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)