The Preacher


Medium: Lithograph

Sheet size: 30 x 22 inches

Frame size: 37 7/8 x 30 1/8 inches

Printer: Hollanders Workshop, New York

Publisher: Hollanders Workshop and Fourcade, New York

Edition size: 60, plus proofs

Catalogue Raisonné: Graham 27

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Between 1970 to 1971, Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) worked together with printer Irwin Hollander and his partner Fred Genis to produce three groups of prints. Impressions from the first group of 20, including “The Preacher”, were purchased by de Kooning’s lawyer and his son, then subsequently gifted to The Museum of Modern Art in New York. They were exhibited in December 1971 and received a resounding positive reception. Reflecting the artist’s newfound intrigue for the relational possibilities between abstract expressionism and printmaking, de Kooning’s prints symbolize the coexistence between representation and non-representation, form and formlessness.