“Seated Woman” Abstract Expressionist Oil Painting 1960s
Depicted in this large painting is a woman, seated in a red armchair, with an opened book in her lap. This work is painted in the semi-abstract manner of Willem de Kooning’s Women series (1950/54). With its heavy layers of vibrant pigment and slashing brushwork, this painting brilliantly recaptures the drama of creativity of that defines Abstract Expressionism. This impressive work is scaled for a large room or loft. The thin blue wooden frame is original. The painting has been attributed to de Kooning in the past. The style is completely consistent with that attribution. A recent analysis found that all the pigments used in the work were available in the 1950s and ‘60s and 7 out of the 10 pigments used are also used by de Kooning in other paintings (a copy of the analysis is available upon request). This type of scientific evidence is of limited value, howver. Given the inconclusive nature of the scanty evidence, we consider the work not to be by de Kooning , but by an unknown artist working in the manner of de Kooning. The work was acquired by the present owner in 2016. The previous owner had inherited it in the 1990s. The person who bequeathed it had purchased it from an Arizona art gallery.
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