Nov 19, 2020 - Sale 2552

Sale 2552 - Lot 60

Price Realized: $ 32,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Bacchus #27-P.

Acrylic on plywood, 1982. 372x295 mm; 14 3/4x11 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in acrylic, lower right recto.

Ex-collection Gruenenbaum Gallery, Ltd., New York, with the label; private collection, Chicago.

During a visit to the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, in 1976, Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989, see lot 198) saw a 19th century statue of the Roman god of wine, Bacchus, rendered with a twisted, dynamic form. When she returned to Athens, Georgia, where she was teaching at the University of Georgia, she commenced a series of paintings based on the sculpture. It was her first time using acrylic, and over the course of seven years she worked on a series of dozens of Bacchus paintings and captured the excited commotion associated the Roman god through her colorful palette and quintessential gestural brushstrokes.