A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning

Judith Zilczer

Phaidon, 2023 (Reprint 2014)


Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was a leading exponent of Abstract Expressionism. MoMA’s 2011 de Kooning retrospective drew record crowds, and his prodigious achievements continue to provoke and inspire subsequent generations of artists such as Cecily Brown, Rebecca Warren, and Jonathan Lasker.

This is the most wide-ranging and comprehensive monograph available on this artist. Sumptuously illustrated and produced, the book encompasses his major works and periods, including his controversial ‘Woman’ paintings, as well as a wealth of accompanying sketches and preparatory drawings.

An illustrated chronology maps de Kooning’s life, career, and work, with photographs from the artist’s archive interspersed throughout the book, enriching the reader’s understanding of the wider art-historical context of his paintings. Judith Zilczer’s critically acclaimed monograph is an essential addition to the libraries of a new audience of readers and de Kooning enthusiasts, offering an unprecedented and compelling examination of his body of work.


ISBN: 9781838666552

288 pagina's, 300 illustraties in kleur & z/w, 30 x 33 cm, hardcover, Engels