Susan F. Lake

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This in-depth study of the paintings of Willem de Kooning from the 1940s through the 1970s breaks new ground in its analysis of the artist's working methods and yields new information about previously unreported materials. De Kooning's idiosyncratic working methods have long engendered intense speculation and debate among conservators and art historians, primarily on the basis of visual inspection and anecdotal accounts rather than rigorous technical analysis. This is the first systematic study of de Koonings creative process to use comprehensive scientific examinations of the artist's pigments, binders, and supports to inform art-historical interpretations, thereby presenting a key to the complicated evolution of the artist's work.

Susan F. Lake is head of collection management and chief conservator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

This Getty Conservation Institute publication can be ordered online or by calling 800-223-3431 (United States) or 1-310-440-7333 (international).