Elaine De Kooning (American, 1918-1989)
Montepozio I and Villa Eden, Acapulco
signed with initials and dated 'E de K 9/18/81' (lower left), the first; signed with initials, dated, and dedicated 'Love, to Courtney and Steven, Villa Eden Acapulco E de K 3/13/83' (lower edge), the second
each watercolor on paper
7 x 10 in. (17.8 x 25.4 cm.), the first; 10 x 13 in. (25.4 x 33 cm.), the second
The first painted in 1981; the second painted in 1983.
Each gifted from the artist to the present owner.
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Elaine de Kooning, best known for her energetic portraits, invokes the same dynamisms using the vocabulary of Abstract Expressionism in her landscape works. Elaine de Kooning “was one of the American artists who helped advance the reputation of American art in the mid-20th century as innovative, brash and highly individualistic.” (Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery)

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