A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning by Cathy Curtis

By Cathy Curtis

the 1st biography of Elaine de Kooning, A beneficiant imaginative and prescient portrays a girl whose intelligence, droll humorousness, and generosity of spirit endeared her to associates and gave her a starring position within the close-knit international of recent York artists. Her zest for event and freewheeling spending have been as mythical as her ever-present cigarette.

Flamboyant and witty in individual, she used to be an incisive paintings author who expressed maverick evaluations in a deceptively informal sort. As a painter, she melded summary Expressionism with a lifelong curiosity in physically flow to catch matters as various as President John F. Kennedy, basketball avid gamers, and bullfights.

In her romantic existence, she went her personal means, regularly prepared for male cognizance. yet she credited her husband, Willem de Kooning, as her maximum impression; instead of being overshadowed by means of his reputation, she labored "in his light." approximately twenty years after their separation, after ultimately embracing sobriety herself, she again to his aspect to rescue him from critical alcoholism.

Based on painstaking examine and dozens of interviews, A beneficiant imaginative and prescient brings to existence a number one determine of twentieth-century artwork who lived a whole and interesting existence on her personal terms.

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