Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning, American, Untitled, ca. 1950, Enamel on paper; Sheet: 54.6 x 77.5 cm (21 x 30 inches), Museum Works of Art Fund 56.186
About 1950, Willem de Kooning made a series of works in enamel on chart paper that followed the black-and-white paintings for which he gained international acclaim as a leading Abstract Expressionist painter. Like the black-and-white canvases, the works on paper were set free from representing realistic imagery. De Kooning worked with a liner brush, commonly used by sign painters. The long flexible hairs held large amounts of paint, which he spread in loose, geometric shapes and calligraphic marks over the sheet. While the flat planes of cubism and the autographic mark of surrealism are evident, de Kooning created a language of abstraction uniquely his own.