Woman

(1951-1952)

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

Oil and pencil on paperboard, 25 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (65.4 x 50.2 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.1183

Provenance:
Lionel Abel (acquired directly from the artist)
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Widdifield Gallery, New York
Harold Diamond, New York, to 25 November 1957
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 25 November 1957-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
* Note: This is the first painting by Willem de Kooning to be acquired by Joseph H. Hirshhorn.

Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 21 October 1993-9 January 1994, no. 11. TOUR: FUNDACIO "LA CAIXA," Centre Cultural, Barcelona, 17 February -3 April; HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, 13 September-27 November; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 10 December-19 February 1995; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 19 March-28 May.
JOSEPH HELMAN GALLERY. New York. "The New York School in the 1950's," 27 September-28 October 2000.
MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA, Spain. "Be-Bomb: The Transatlantic War of Images and All That Jazz in the 1950's," 5 October 2007-7 January 2008.

Published References:
SMITH, ROBERTA. "De Kooning's 90th birthday nears, and Hirshhorn leads the tribute," New York Times (14 December 1993): p. C19.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "L'artiste et le mecene: l'origine de la formation de la collection de Kooning du Hirshhorn Museum," El Guia 7 (February 1994): p. 22.
ANFAM, DAVID. "Washington and Barcelona: Willem de Kooning," Burlington Magazine (April 1994).
UNSIGNED. "Museum and Dealer Catalogues" Drawing 16/1 (May/June 1994): p. 17.
KALIL, SUSIE. "Defining de Kooning," Houston Press (20-26 April 1995): p. 4.
UNSIGNED. "Willem de Kooning at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," Journal of the Print World (Winter 1995).
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "Artist and Patron: The formation of the Hirshhorn Museum's Willem de Kooning collection," Journal of the History of Collections 8/1 (Oxford University Press, 1996): fig. 4, p. 119
GOLDSTEIN, NATHAN. Art of Responsive Drawing, 5th edition (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1999). [LOC NC740. G6 1999]

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

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