Elaine De Kooning

Elaine De Kooning Portraits

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John F. Kennedy, Frank O'Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Merce Cunningham, and Fairfield Porter were just some of the figures who sat for portraits by Elaine de Kooning. Famous for her marriage to the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, Elaine was herself a groundbreaking artist and writer who challenged many conventions during her career. Although she portrayed women, she was most engaged with portraits of men, sometimes painting multiple portraits of her subjects, in order to explore and capture their most compelling likeness. She focused intently on her subjects - as she wrote in 1965, "Like falling in love painting a portrait is a concentration on one particular person and no one else will do." This insightful book explores de Kooning's portraits as well as her artistic process and her position in the rise of Postmodernism. Illustrated throughout with full-colour reproductions of paintings, drawings and archival photos, this book is an important contribution to the literature on Abstract Expressionism, women artists and feminism during a transformative period and will also appeal to lovers of painting of all kinds. Published in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

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Book information

ISBN: 9783791354385
Publisher: Prestel
Imprint: Prestel
Pub date:
DEWEY: 759.13
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 1234g
Height: 242mm
Width: 318mm
Spine width: 21mm