Bert Schierbeek: Willem de Kooning: a portrait


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Menken Kasander & Wigman Uitgevers, Leiden, The Netherlands
Bibliotheek Liborius

Edited by Karin Evers and Guido Walraven

Bilingual edition, English and Dutch
124 pages, paperback
Illustrations in color

ISBN 9789074622530
NUR 642

Read the preface and the first pages (PDF)

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In 1967 author Bert Schierbeek flew to New York to portray painter Willem de Kooning. They talked for a few days and nights, after which Schierbeek wrote an extensive account in English. Fragments were published in the catalog of the first retrospective of De Kooning in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1968. The full text was never published, due to all sorts of complications and disagreements. The typescript disappeared in a desk drawer and was consequently even untraceable for decades. Recently however, the lost folder suddenly emerged. Although Schierbeek’s portrayal has lost its immediate actuality, it remains a personal document that deserves publication after all.

We have chosen to include a translation into Dutch next to the original English text. The Dutch introduction has been translated into English also, making it two books in one.

Four paintings by Willem de Kooning mentioned in the book are reproduced in color.


Review (Dutch) in 8Weekly, 'de jongste cultuurhaard van Nederland' (PDF)