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Creator Name: Kooning, Willem de
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: painter
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Willem de Kooning
Title: Night
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1948
Creation End Date: 1948
Creation Date: 1948
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.23 x W.28 in
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 63.36
Credit Line: The John R.Van Derlip and Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Funds
Copyright: ? The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The forms of Night are rich with suggestion. Some vaguely resemble human anatomy, while others recall architecture. These ambiguous shapes seem to float and jostle on the picture's surface.

Night belongs to a series of abstract black-and-white paintings--inspired by de Kooning's late-night walks in New York--that express the spirit and texture of the modern metropolis. The broken brushwork and areas of scraping and reworking suggest the nervous energy of urban life--or the inner turmoil of the artist.

De Kooning was one of the most emotionally expressive Abstract Expressionists and an important influence on younger gestural painters.

AMICA ID: MIA_.63.36
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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