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Seated Woman

By Philip_H
'Seated Woman' (1969) is one of the three sculptures by Willem De Kooning in Rotterdam. They stand together near the Hofplein in the centre of the city. The other sculptures are 'Reclining Figure' (1969) and 'Standing Figure' (1969). 'Seated Woman' is owned by the city, the other two sculptures are in ownership of the Willem De Kooning Foundation and had previously stood in Boston, USA.

At the end of the sixties, the painter Willem de Kooning began experimenting with modelling clay. De Kooning saw working with clay as painting in three dimensions. He made the sculptures, just like his paintings, with a spontaneous gesture without sketches or preparatory studies. Advised by Henry Moore, he had 'Seated Woman' enlarged and cast in bronze. He was enthusiastic and started working on a large scale with three pairs of gloves on top of one another because he found his own hands too small. He did not consider modelling to be any different from painting; he regarded clay as thick paint.

The working method is imprinted in the sculpture: the limbs of rolled clay attached to the kneaded trunk, the bowl-like impression of a thumb and the enlarged fingerprints on the bronze skin – they all bare the trace of the human hand. This contrasts with the geometric form on which the woman sits. The reflections in the lively dark patina emphasise the sculpture’s curves.

The sculpture’s subject – a seated woman – is not immediately recognisable. The woman appears to have crossed her legs, which are a little too long, but it is not entirely clear how these limbs are constructed. To the left the lower part of a leg is folded backwards, to the right floats a form that resembles additional limbs. The arms too are sketchy and are out of proportion with the body.

Sculpture in Rotterdam

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Tags: Woman Netherlands Sculpture Specialist and abstract Rotterdam Public art Seated Woman Willem De Kooning Willem De Kooning Foundation Hofplein Dutch sculpture

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nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
30 Nov 2018 5:15AM
Excellent shot against the window panes with reflections. Works great in mono, Philip. Thanks for the comprehensive info.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2018 4:23PM
Great image and a very informative write up Phil.
Excellent photography
Isabel GrinGrin
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
1 Dec 2018 9:31AM
Wonderful work Philip. Fine shot.

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