Title

New World, New Woman: Willem de Kooning

Presenting Author Name/s

Kim Hardy

Faculty Advisor

Vittorio Colaizzi

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

American Art and Architecture | Modern Art and Architecture

Description/Abstract

With Woman I (1950-52), Willem de Kooning radically altered the depiction of the female form by aggressively applying paint and combining figurative and abstract approaches. De Kooning’s contemporaries offered conflicting interpretations of Woman I, attributing the painting to misogyny, the influence of Gertrude Stein, Mexican sculpture and even de Kooning’s femininity. This paper considers the evolution of de Kooning’s craft up to and including Woman I and argues that it is the product of an era of violence and instability. As WWII profoundly changed society, de Kooning re-examined the representation of the female form to reflect the precariousness of the era.

Session Title

Art History 1

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Start Date

2-2-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 10:00 AM

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New World, New Woman: Willem de Kooning

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

With Woman I (1950-52), Willem de Kooning radically altered the depiction of the female form by aggressively applying paint and combining figurative and abstract approaches. De Kooning’s contemporaries offered conflicting interpretations of Woman I, attributing the painting to misogyny, the influence of Gertrude Stein, Mexican sculpture and even de Kooning’s femininity. This paper considers the evolution of de Kooning’s craft up to and including Woman I and argues that it is the product of an era of violence and instability. As WWII profoundly changed society, de Kooning re-examined the representation of the female form to reflect the precariousness of the era.