Robert Mapplethorpe

Willem de Kooning

About this artwork

The Dutch-born American painter, Willem de Kooning, was, along with Jackson Pollock, the chief representative of the gestural form of Abstract Expressionism. Mapplethorpe portrays him as a benign ‘old-timer’ in his working overalls. As with his portraits of Brice Marden, Roy Lichtenstein and Francesco Clemente, it appears Mapplethorpe has photographed him in front of one of his own paintings.

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  • title:
    Willem de Kooning
  • accession number:
    AR00148
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1986
  • measurements:
    47.60 x 47.10 cm (framed: 81.80 x 78.50 x 2.8 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright:
    © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe