Heather Nelson-Willem de Kooning Thoughts

Woman V (1952-53)

I found the Kooning paintings shown in class, which were compared to Lucian Freud’s more structured paintings, extremely unique. At first I found his pieces hard to look at because there is no structure and no ground. There is no proper outline or layout of space. Then, when I heard that Kooning said he was more interested in making a painting then painting a woman I was intrigued. It definitely makes you think about the emotion in the work and how it was made rather than what is being portrayed. The emotion is intense, almost as if there is pain or anger. Maybe Kooning was trying to depict how women are seen or a certain view of them. I also found it interesting that he later changed his style to more landscape images and focused more on color and the importance of color use.

 

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