WILLEM DE KOONING – Charcoal, painting on vellum, 1971
At the age of 22, he entrenched himself in the engine room of a boat, made an overseas trip and became an immigrant in the United States. Quarrels and friendship with Jackson Pollock confirmed the importance of Willem de Kooning as one of the founders of abstract-expressionism. He is known in the post-war American art history as the painter of the female body, characterized by a turbulent struggle between the figurative and the abstract. This monumental work on vellum shows its raw strength, but also offers a suitable fragility through the transparent base of prepared animal skin.