“The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.” -Willem de Kooning
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 100 COPIES SIGNED BY DE KOONING.
“This volume reproduces, in exact size, 24 charcoal drawings executed by de Kooning in 1966. Clarke & Way, Inc. and Crafton Graphics Company, Inc., New York, have produced the book which was designed by Julio Silva of Paris.”
As de Kooning notes on the final page: “I am the source of a rumor concerning these drawings, and it is true that I made them with closed eyes... Also, the pad I used was always held horizontally. The drawings often started by the feet… but more of ten by the center of the body, in the middle of the page.
“There is nothing special about this, I admit, and I am certain that many artists have found similar ways… but I found that closing the eyes was very helpful to me... Many drawings were made this way, and it was suggested to make this book. I was very pleased with the idea and these 24 drawings were selected.”
New York: Walker and Company, 1967. Quarto, original printed boards, original dust jacket; original slipcase. Dust jacket price-clipped (as usual) and with mild toning to spine (as often); dust jacket and book with very tiny closed tear at top of spine. A very clean, well-preserved copy in the rare slipcase.
Price: $1,500 .