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Bacchus #3

Elaine de Kooning

Bacchus #3

Elaine de Kooning
  • Date: 1978
  • Style: Abstract Expressionism
  • Genre: figurative

During a visit to Paris in 1976, de Kooning saw a 19th-century Bacchus-inspired sculpture in the Jardin du Luxembourg, and upon returning to her temporary studio in Athens, Georgia, she subsequently began a series of large paintings based on Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication, and often equated with the Greek Dionysus. These paintings marked a brief return for de Kooning to the more traditional vertical canvas, but it was the first time she ever used acrylic paint.

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