Reclining Woman
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1996.26
People
Willem de Kooning, American (Rotterdam, Netherlands 1904 - 1997 East Hampton, NY)
Title
Reclining Woman
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1948-1949
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil, graphite, and black and green crayon on cream illustration board
Dimensions
40.4 x 43.4 cm (15 7/8 x 17 1/16 in.)
image: 31.9 x 41.7 cm (12 9/16 x 16 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, l.r.: de Kooning
  • gallery label: back of frame: #3622
  • inscription: Inscr. below image, graphite: NO 15 mat 3" on sides / 2" on top and bottom / ivory / small frame; lower right, blue ballpoint: op-16 1/4 x 12 7/16
Provenance
[Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, New York], sold; to Lois Orswell, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, 1956, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1996.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell
Copyright
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
1996
Object Number
1996.26
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), p. 12, cat. 73

Modern Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan, 1999), cat. 64, ill.

Linda Norden, John Wesley: Love's Lust, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), n.p.

Marjorie B. Cohn and Sarah Kianovsky, Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), pp. 76, 108, 120, 371, 376, cat. 27, fig. 58, ill.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Exhibition History

American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994

Modern Art at Harvard, Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000; Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999

John Wesley: Love's Lust, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/20/2001 - 02/25/2001

Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/21/2002 - 02/16/2003

HAA 1 Survey Course: Survey of World Art: Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/23/2005 - 07/31/2005

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 3), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/20/2008 - 02/08/2009

American Art and Modernity, 1865–1965, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2012 - 01/19/2013

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted