Events – Observations-Paintings
Woman 1 – Willem De Kooning
Before commencing this painting ‘Woman, 1’ De Kooning made numerous preliminary studies, repainting this work repeatedly as a result this painting took an unusually long time to complete.
The ominous hulking figure seems to be suggestive of a peculiar mix of an ancient fertility goddess and a contemporary pin-up girl. Her threatening stare and scary grin are heightened by de Kooning’s aggressive brushwork . The artist creates a female image contradicting our perception of a woman’s traditional nurturing role ,substituting it with a creature of menace. Below are the reactions of a non art professional to this work:
I find this painting quite disturbing. I think that maybe the artist is trying to create a sense of confusion and chaos. I think what he is painting is obviously human but I think there are animal features also, this reminds me a little bit of imagery of the devil. The sharp brush strokes and angles also give a sense of unease. D de B