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A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning

Cathy Curtis


Elaine de Kooning (1918–1989) was a noted art critic and artist, and a prime mover in the New York art world. She was a vivacious social catalyst. Her sparkling wit enlivened meetings of the Club, nights at the Cedar Tavern, and chance conversations on the street. Her droll sense of humor, generosity of spirit, and freewheeling spending were as legendary as her ever-present cigarette. An incisive writer, she pinpointed the essence of artists as diverse as Franz Kline and August Renoir, and deftly refuted pompous critical rhetoric. As a painter, she melded Abstract Expressionism with her lifelo ... More

Keywords: Abstract Expressionism, portrait, critic, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, John F. Kennedy, bull fighting, basketball, social catalyst

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190498474
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190498474.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cathy Curtis, author
Member of the Board, Biographers International Organization