signed and captioned by artist, across bottom in black ink: Willem De Kooning in his studio Springs Long Island. I visited with my step-mother Edith, / his fly unbuttoned, he showed me his brushes lined up neatly on a table, "I wash them, clean / them all myself," and said of his new canvases, "I'm just a sign painter." September 13, / 1985, Elaine De Kooning was still alive. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, lower center in graphite: GD-AG-28; lower left on mount circled: #38; lower center: Image# 14931 GD-AG-28; lower right: GDC-600 61
Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2011.