Special Delivery

1946

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

Oil, enamel, and charcoal on paper mounted on paperboard, 23 3/8 x 30 in. (59.3 x 76.1 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.1198

Provenance:
The artist, New York, from 1946
Harold Diamond, New York, from 1946-1 November 1962
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 1 November 1962-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, University of Pennsylvania. "The Decisive Years: 1943-1953," 14 January -1 March 1965.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Willem de Kooning," cat. no. 20, ill. TOUR: STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 19 September-17 November 1968; TATE GALLERY, London, 8 December-26 January 1969; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 3 March-27 April, cat. no. 116, ill. p. 61; ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 17 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 531, p. 382; p. 681.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture," 15 December 1983-26 February 1984, cat. no. 157, ill. p. 156. TOUR: AKADEMIE DER KUNSTE, Berlin, 11 March-29 April, 1984; MUSEE NATIONAL D'ART MODERNE, CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, 28 June-24 September 1984, ill. p. 68.)
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. 3, p. 198, 216, colorplate 3, p. 62. 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, 19 March-28 May 1995.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "de Kooning: A Retrospective," 18 September 2011-9 January 2012, colorplate 37, p. 140; pp. 138, 141.

Published References:
JACOBS, JAY. "Collector: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," Art in America 57 (July-August 1969), p. 68
JACOBS, JAY. "Quality as Well as Quantity: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," The Collector in America (New York: Viking, 1971), p. 75
DRUDI, GABRIELLA. Willem de Kooning (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri, 1972), ill. 27
*LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), no. 531, p. 681
GARSON, INEZ. Willem de Kooning in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Scala, 1974), no. 3.
HYAMS, BARRY. Hirshhorn: Medici from Brooklyn (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1979), p. 109
YARD, SALLY E. "Willem de Kooning: The First Twenty-six Years in New York--1927-1952," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation (Princeton University, 1980): p. 147, fig. 177.
GUAY, HERVE. "Willem de Kooning ou l'art dans sa totalite," Le Devoir (27-28 November 1993).
SMITH, ROBERT. "De Kooning's 90th Birthday Nears, and Hirshhorn leads the tribute," New York Times (14 December 1993): p. C19.
UNSIGNED. "Museum and Dealer Catalogues" Drawing 16/1 (May/June 1994): p. 17.

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