In the past few months I have done a number of studies based on the second series of 'Woman' paintings by Willem de Kooning from the 1960s. On reading about his work I came across a comment in relation to his association that oil paint was 'invented' in order to paint the white skin of a Rubens nude.
I quote from: Judith Zilczer, a way of living the art of Willem de Kooning:
“In the United States, during the 1960s, black artists were often ignored, or worse... and sadly, there were still few black models on the covers of magazines. De Kooning often painting from such models on magazine covers. So I don't know whether De Kooning would also have painted 'non-white models' if they were indeed shown on covers... or whether his Caucasian flesh tones of pinks, yellows and whites would then have turned into ochres and orange-brown hues.”
To me it has been, in any case, reason to take this issue into a new series of paintings, NON-WHITE COVER MODELS FOR WILLEM DE KOONING', and to provide De Kooning's white cover models with beautifully dark brushstrokes.
— Marc Mulders, 2019