Exhibition Catalogue: Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint

The official Barnes Foundation exhibition catalogue for Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint.

“I’ve always been crazy about Soutine – all of his paintings,” said the Dutch-American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning (1904–1997) in 1977. How much de Kooning’s approach was due to the influence of Lithuanian artist Chaim Soutine (1893–1943) is examined in this exhibition catalogue, in which the two artists are dramatically juxtaposed.

This book accompanies an exhibition organized by the Barnes Foundation, and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, dedicated to the affinities between the work of Chaim Soutine and Willem de Kooning. It was Dr. Albert Barnes who had made Soutine’s career by buying the bulk of the unknown artist’s available work in Paris in 1923. The exhibition and accompanying publication will show how the work of Soutine had a decisive influence on the development of de Kooning’s art, especially following the posthumous Soutine retrospective held at The Museum of Modern Art in 1950.

Hardcover, 176 pages.

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