Reclining Man (John F. Kennedy)


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

Oil on paper mounted on fiberboard, 23 x 27 in. (58.4 x 68.6 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.1207

The artist, East Hampton, New York, 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 1964-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam. "Willem de Kooning," 19 September-17 November 1968, cat. no. 78, ill. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART INTERNATIONAL CIRCULATING EXHIBITION, TOUR: TATE GALLERY, London, 8 December-26 January 1969; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 3 March-27 April, cat. no. 90, ill. p. 127; ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 17 May-6 July; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 28 July -14 September.
THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, DC. Extended loan, May 1977.
BRAINERD ART GALLERY, State University of New York, Potsdam. "The Benefactors: Solomon R. Guggenheim, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, Roy R. Neuberger," 19 October-9 November, 1980, p. 12, ill. p. 29
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. 24, p. 202-3, 217, colorplate 24, p. 113. 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.
BRUCE MUSEUM, Greenwich, Connecticut. JFK and Art, 20 September 2003-11 January 2004. TOUR: NORTON MUSEUM OF ART, Palm Beach, Florida, 6 February-2 May, p. 110, ill. p. 111.

Published References:
DRUDI, GABRIELLA. Willem de Kooning (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri, 1972), ill. 25.
ROSENBERG, HAROLD. Willem de Kooning (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1973), ill. plate 152.
GARSON, INEZ. Willem de Kooning at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Scala, 1974), p. 4, ill.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection (New York: Rizzoli in association with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1993), cat. no. 24.
RODRIGUEZ, PEDRO. "Para Willem, Picasso ha sido el 'tipo a superar,'" ABC de las artes (18 February 1994): p. 33.
FOX, JUDITH HOOS. Collection in Context: William de Kooning's Door Cycle, March 14-May 26, 1996 (Davis Museum and Cultural Center, 1996): unpaginated.
LEWIS, NICOLE. "Missing and Missed," The Washington Post (2 July 1998): p. B5.
VOGEL, CAROL. "De Kooning and Kennedy," The New York Times (3 July 1998).
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "Identifying Willem de Kooning's Reclining Man," American Art 12/2 (Summer 1998): pp. 26-35.
NEW YORK TIMES. "De Kooning's 'Man' identified as JFK," San Francisco Chronicle (3 July 1998).
UNSIGNED. "Reliable Source: De Kooning and debunking sci-fi films," The Torch (September 1998): p. 4.
WEIL, REX. "Presidential Nominee: a sleuthing curator recognizes a familiar face in an unusual de Kooning," Art News 97/8 (September 1998): p. 47.

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