Jack Tworkov’s New York studio was next door to Willem de Kooning’s, whose influence can be seen in this untitled work. This 1951 canvas was created at the same time as de Kooning’s Woman I, a landmark in the development of twentieth-century art (now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York). While de Kooning’s response to the female nude is bold and aggressive, resulting in a grotesquely disfigured rendering, Tworkov subtly balances deliberation and improvisation. Tworkov, who emigrated from Poland at age thirteen, studied in the 1920s at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League. He later embarked on a successful teaching career and served as Chairman of the Art Department at Yale University from 1963 to 1969.
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