#5. Painting Series

These next four paintings are part of a series of six paintings by Willem de Kooning.

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Willem de Kooning
Woman I, 1950-1952

external image 00163043.jpgWoman II, 1952

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Willem de Kooning,
Woman and Bicycle, 1952-53

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Willem de Kooning
Woman IV

I connected these four paintings with an excerpt from the play A Streetcar Named Desire,

"Stella: I said I am not any thing that I have a desire to get out of. Look at the mess in this room! And those empty bottles! They went through two cases last night! He promised this morning that he was going to quit having thses poker parties, but you know how long such a promise is going to keep. Oh, well, it's his pleasure, like mine is movies and bridge. People have got to tolerate each other's habits, I guess." (p.65)

"Stella: But there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark- that sort of make everything else seem - unimportant [Pause.]

Blanche: What are you talking about is brutal desire - just - Desire! - the name of that rattle-trap street-car that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another...

Stella: Haven't you ever ridden on that street-car?

Blanche: It brought me here. - Where I'm not wanted and where I'm ashamed to be..." (p.70)

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