The Glazier

Artist: Willem de Kooning (American (born The Netherlands), Rotterdam 1904–1997 East Hampton, New York)

Date: 1940

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 54 x 44 in. (137.2 x 111.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.613.1

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In his fascination with landscape and figurative subjects, Willem de Kooning always veered away from mainstream Abstract Expressionism, a movement in which he was nevertheless a leader. The Glazier belongs to a series of paintings of men created in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The artist said that his palette of somber earth tones was inspired by the Boscoreale frescoes that he had often come to see at the Museum.