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Willem de Kooning’s Studio of Depression

In 1946, things weren’t great for Willem de Kooning. His marriage to Elaine de Kooning was increasingly on the rocks. After a Spring of depression and showing up around town looking like a bum in tattered clothes, he found this studio in late summer…and things started to look up. Rather than depend on his wife for emotional support, do Kooning began withdrawing to his studio, spending most of the day there hanging with Franz Kline, Milton Resnick, Hans Hofmann, John Ferren, and Conrad Marca-Relli, and going home just to sleep.


After summer, things started to look up (for his career), and he began producing his next successful body of work.


Who: Willem de Kooning

What: studio

Where: 85 4th Avenue

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