Study for "Woman VI"


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

Pastel, charcoal, and pencil on tracing paper, 22 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. (55.2 x 47 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.1188

The artist, New York, from 1952
Harold Diamond, New York, from 1952-15 April 1961
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 15 April 1961-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

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, cat. no. 12, pp. 200, 216; colorpl. 12, p. 74. 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-19 February 1995; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 19 March-28 May.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Los Angeles. "Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure," 10 February-28 April 2002, cat., plate no. 49, ill. TOUR: NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC, 29 September 2002-5 January 2003.
L&M ARTS, Los Angeles. "Willem de Kooning: Figure & Light," 12 November 2010-15 January 2011, no. 9, ill. p. 33.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. "De Kooning's Master Strokes," Vanity Fair, 57/5 (May 1994): 142-146, 172-179.

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

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