The Beauty, The Desire in Willem de Kooning

I’m fascinated by Willem de Kooning’s interest in the body and his extremely complex examination of the female nude. It seems inadequate to call him misogynistic. I believe that there is an energetic tussling occurring with himself, the feminine in himself and his relationship to it.  Woman I  apparently had up to eighty paintings worked on the same canvas before the final image was realised. The Kiss from 1925 is a powerful yet gentle expression of the energy and flow of love and desire. “Against all the evidence of his senses, a man who is in love declares that “I” and “you” are one, and is prepared to behave as if it were a fact.” Sigmund Freud

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