|Title:||oil on card|
|Origin:||ex UK private collection|
|Provenance:||ex UK private collection|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the information. The artwork that you have submitted for inquiry appears to be an original oil painting on masonite that according to the seller was created by the modernist artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1907) Netherlands. The artist was born in Rotterdam where he received his early art education. After the date of 1926 de Kooning was active with regard to his artistic career in New York and was an associate of Pollock and Mark Rothko as well as other members of the New York School. de Kooning is known for his renderings in an abstract expressionist style and especially for those depictions of the female figure. de Kooning was also a professor at Yale and Black Mountain College. The artwork that you have submitted for inquiry is similar to paintings rendered by de Kooning after 1950 when the paintings were for the most part completed as pure abstractions. I have extensively researched the artwork submitted for inquiry and I cannot find any information regarding this artwork as being a part of the body of work by de Kooning. The signature that appears on the painting is not quite a match with examples of de Kooning's signature. Subject matter and style of the artwork is similar to that of this artist. Be aware that there are forgeries of de Kooning's artworks, and along with forgeries of other modern masters including Warhol and Picasso, these artworks have been confiscated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If the artwork did not have the signature "de Kooning" on it, the artwork may be offered as in the "style or manner" of de Kooning but not "attributed to" the artist. By adding the signature of de Kooning, the artwork may be considered a forgery, meant to deceive a buyer. Original artworks by Willem de Kooning easily sell at auction for several million dollars at the present time. In a gallery setting, the artworks are offered for even higher amounts than at auction. The seller should surely know the value of the painting and would not offer the painting for a mere $3,000.00. The seller should be able to show a potential buyer documentation and sales receipts that he or she would have regarding the painting. I strongly believe that the painting offered for sale is not an original painting created by Willem de Kooning. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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