Rainbow: Thelonious Monk, Devil at the Keyboard, 1976

by Willem de Kooning

Print : lithography 35.5 x 24.5 inch


One of the last works available by this artist

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Willem de Kooning, Rainbow: Thelonious Monk, Devil at the Keyboard

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Numbered and limited to 125 copies

1 copy available


Hand-signed by artist


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Print: lithography

Dimensions cm inch

35.5 x 24.5 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed


Abstract artworks


Abstract expressionism

Artwork sold in perfect condition

Origin: United States

Inscription: Signed and numbered 125/125 in blue crayon, lower margin
Notes: de Kooning produced this work, an image of Thelonius Monk, for the Rainbow Art Foundation, a group that was started by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Bill Caldwell and De Kooning himself, to assist young, underprivileged artists. Published by Rainbow Art Foundation, New York.
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Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning

Netherlands • Born in: 1904

​Master Artists

Movement Abstract Expressionism

Post-War Art

Printmakers Artists

Dutch artists

Originally from Holland, born in Rotterdam in 1904, Willem de Kooning is a famous American painter, sculptor and illustrator. He is considered as one of the precursors to abstract expressionism. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts and Applied Sciences in Rotterdam, he decided to emigrate to the United States. He arrived illegally in New York in 1926 at the age of 21. He became an American citizen in 1962.

Throughout his career, Willem de Kooning met many artists, both American and European, who had a huge influence on his work. Attracted by abstract art, he was particularly inspired by the work of Joan Miro and Picasso. In 1943, he married American artist Elaine Fried.

Willem de Kooning was, above all, a painter of people. Faces and bodies are entangled in a mixture of gouache, watercolours and pastels. His series of paintings called “Women" propelled him to stardom on the international stage. “Woman V" was sold to the Australian National Gallery in Canberra for $850,000, the highest price ever recorded for a living American artist. There was a new record nine years later for his “Two Women" painting, which Christie's acquired for $1.21 million. In 1955, “Interchange" was put up for auction at Sotheby's and was sold for $20.8 million. This same work of art was sold again in 2015 by the Geffen Foundation to the pension fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin for $300 million: the most expensive painting in the world today.

After separating from Elaine in 1955, he began a series of abstract urban landscapes.

Willem de Kooning exhibited his work all over the world, in some of the most prestigious museums and institutions. MoMa in New York was the first to buy one of his canvases in 1948. The Tate Gallery in London followed suit, along with the Chicago Art Institute and many others.

The artist died in 1997 on Long Island, at the age of 92.

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