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cking out the rest of the artist’s work, he is no stranger to the nude, indeed his whole oeuvre is made up almost exclusively of contemplating it in different media. Just like the many, many artists before him, the naked female form is both a thorough study of mass and flesh but also for the love of it – only I’m pretty sure Etienne is the only one sculpting sponge.
Valentine Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands. 1904-1997) (1947). Oil and enamel on paper on board, 36 3/8 x 24 1/4" (92.2 x 61.5 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Phillips. © 2012 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York