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Willem de Kooning
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Willem de Kooning 1986

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
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.


  • Acc. No. AR00148
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 47.60 x 47.10 cm (framed: 81.80 x 78.50 x 2.8 cm)
  • Credit 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