Elaine de Kooning, Sheila Rosenstein, c.1962. Oil on canvas, h: 47 3/4 x 32 3/8 inches.

Elaine de Kooning (March 12, 1918- February 1, 1989) was an Abstract Expressionist, Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-World War II era and editorial associate for the Art News magazine. On December 9, 1943, she married artist Willem de Kooning, who was a highly influential artist in the Abstract Expressionism movement.


Elaine de Kooning stated (Mazine titled: "It Is." No.4. Autumn, 1959):

”A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image.”


Elaine de Kooning is included in each of the following books with two full-page color reproductions of her artwork, statement and biography:







  • Stefan Guido-Maria Krikl 5y

    love the expression; body "language" should improve with experience; good luck!
  • lolipuf 5y

    Elaine de Kooning was a great artist. The "body language" is in perfect harmony with the expression: "mystery and authority!" It is hard to achieve in such a brilliant way.
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