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Willem de Kooning
A Tree in Naples
Oil on canvas

80 1/4 x 70 1/8 inches

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Excerpt from Museum of Modern Art, New York:

Willem de Kooning,(American, born the Netherlands. 1904–1997)
A Tree in Naples
Credit Line: The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
MoMA Number: 622.1967
Copyright: © 2013 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition: Abstract Expressionist New York
October 3, 2010–April 25, 2011

This work belongs to a group of abstractions inspired by the landscape. In them de Kooning simplified his visual vocabulary to a few powerful, expansive brushstrokes that evoke the vistas of color found in the natural world. He described the experience that inspired these works: “Just coming around roads, some place, and having the sensation of a piece of it, a piece of nature, like a fence, something on the road. … And I really get very elated by again looking, by again seeing that the sky is blue, that the grass is green.”


Willem de Kooning
b. April 24, 1904
d. 1997

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