Artist and Studio
Willem de Kooning in his studio

Willem de Kooning in his studio

Bill de Kooning and his massage therapist
"In the winter of 1981, I was teaching movement and dance at an East Hampton massage and yoga studio where Elaine de Kooning took classes. She liked my spirit and suggested it might help to lighten her husband’s depression if I gave him massages every day or so. Bill was 76 years and had recently quit drinking. I started right away, and worked with him for two months."

Bill de Kooning and his massage therapist

"In the winter of 1981, I was teaching movement and dance at an East Hampton massage and yoga studio where Elaine de Kooning took classes. She liked my spirit and suggested it might help to lighten her husband’s depression if I gave him massages every day or so. Bill was 76 years and had recently quit drinking. I started right away, and worked with him for two months."

de Kooning in his studio

de Kooning in his studio

de Kooning in his East Hampton NY studio.

de Kooning in his East Hampton NY studio.

Lisa de Kooning with her father in 1978. Elaine de Kooning, Willem’s wife, (rear) was not Lisa’s mother. Elaine stayed married to the artist while he had affairs with other women, including Lisa’s mother.

Lisa de Kooning with her father in 1978. Elaine de Kooning, Willem’s wife, (rear) was not Lisa’s mother. Elaine stayed married to the artist while he had affairs with other women, including Lisa’s mother.

Cover of the February 1982 issue of Art News featured a photograph of de Kooning seated next to Paul McCartney. It was taken by Paul’s wife Linda (Eastman) McCartney who was the daughter of de Kooning’s lawyer, Lee Eastman.

Cover of the February 1982 issue of Art News featured a photograph of de Kooning seated next to Paul McCartney. It was taken by Paul’s wife Linda (Eastman) McCartney who was the daughter of de Kooning’s lawyer, Lee Eastman.

Willem de Kooning painting

Robert Rauschenberg discusses Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999, includes brief vintage footage of de Kooning.

De Kooning in his studio, with a bottle of safflower oil and bowls of paint on his worktable, 1971. Photo Dan Budnik.

De Kooning in his studio, with a bottle of safflower oil and bowls of paint on his worktable, 1971. Photo Dan Budnik.

McCartney and de Kooning

McCartney and de Kooning

Gathering of artists and their families on Long Island in 1961.
Back row left to right: Lisa de Kooning; Frank Perry; Eleanor Perry; John Meyers; Anne Porter; Fairfield Porter; Angelo Torricini, Arthur Gold; Jane Wilson; Kenward Elmslie; Paul Brach; Jerry Porter; Nancy Ward; Katharine Porter; friend of Jerry Porter | Second Row left to right: Joe Hazan; Clarice Rivers; Kenneth Koch; Larry Rivers | Seated on couch: Miriam Schapiro; Robert Fizdale; Jane Freilicher; Joan Ward; John Kacere; Sylvia Maizell | Kneeling on the right back to front: Alvin Novak; Bill de Kooning; Jim Tommaney | Front row: Stephen Rivers; William Berkson; Frank O’Hara; Herbert Machiz.
Water Mill, Southhampton, NY, 1961. Photograph © 2012 John Jonas Gruen.  Parish Art Museum

Gathering of artists and their families on Long Island in 1961.

Back row left to right: Lisa de Kooning; Frank Perry; Eleanor Perry; John Meyers; Anne Porter; Fairfield Porter; Angelo Torricini, Arthur Gold; Jane Wilson; Kenward Elmslie; Paul Brach; Jerry Porter; Nancy Ward; Katharine Porter; friend of Jerry Porter | Second Row left to right: Joe Hazan; Clarice Rivers; Kenneth Koch; Larry Rivers | Seated on couch: Miriam Schapiro; Robert Fizdale; Jane Freilicher; Joan Ward; John Kacere; Sylvia Maizell | Kneeling on the right back to front: Alvin Novak; Bill de Kooning; Jim Tommaney | Front row: Stephen Rivers; William Berkson; Frank O’Hara; Herbert Machiz.

Water Mill, Southhampton, NY, 1961. Photograph © 2012 John Jonas Gruen.  Parish Art Museum

Willem de Kooning in his studio, March 1950.  Photo by Max Margulis.

Willem de Kooning in his studio, March 1950.  Photo by Max Margulis.