Sphinx

(1964)

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

Oil and charcoal on paper, 23 13/16 x 18 5/8 in. (60.5 x 47.3 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.1201

Provenance:
The artist, East Hampton, New York, to 1964
Harold Diamond, New York, to 1 June 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 1 June 1964-17 May 1966 (gift of Harold Diamond)
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
SMITHSONIAN CASTLE BUILDING, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Castle Exhibition I," 27 March-27 September 1986, no cat.
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. 30, p. 204, 217, colorplate 30, p. 120-121. 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.

Published References:
GAUGH, HARRY F. Willem de Kooning (New York: Abbeville Press, 1983), p. 121, fig. 109, p. 122
TERMIN, CHRISTINE. "Rediscovering de Kooning," The Boston Globe (9 December 1994), p. 49.

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

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