Police Gazette (painting)

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Police Gazette
Police Gazette by Willem de Kooning 1955.jpg
ArtistWillem de Kooning

Police Gazette is a 1955 abstract painting by Willem de Kooning,[1] which is currently in private hands.

Painting style[edit]

Police Gazette is a landscape painted on canvas using abstract elements, and colors such as yellow, green and red.[2] It is a painting with simple geometric forms, creating a perfect contrast between the formal elements that compose the artwork. It was this painting that promoted Willem de Kooning amongst the most important abstract painters of the modern world.

History and price[edit]

Police Gazette was sold in 1965 for the first time for $37,000.[3]

In 1973, the Swiss art dealer Ernst Beyeler paid US$180,000, setting a new record for the artist.[4]

Since then, the painting went through the hands of known art collectors, such as Sidney Janis, Eugene V. Thaw and Mrs. Scull.

In 2006, it was bought by Steven A. Cohen for US$63.5 million.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NY Times". Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Police Gazette". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  3. ^ "de Kooning Experts". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ Grimes, William (26 February 2010). "Ernst Beyeler, Top Dealer of Modern Art, Dies at 88". nytimes. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Newsweek". Retrieved 22 September 2014.