Although he left Rotterdam when he was only 22 years old, Willem de Kooning is still one of Rotterdam’s most famous artists. The Rotterdam art school where he attended evening classes is named after him and the café inside the school is called De Willem. A bar just around the corner is called De Kooning.
Most famous for his abstract expressionistic paintings and series of paintings of women, and a big influence on others, De Kooning was a sculptor too.
The Seated Woman (1969) was erected in 1984 together with Reclining Figure (1969) and Standing Figure (1969) and were acquired upon instigation of the director of the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Wim Beeren. The Seated Woman is owned by Rotterdam, the two other sculptures are owned by the Willem de Kooning foundation.
Because the people in Rotterdam like to give everything nicknames, this sculpture has a nickname too, and not too flattering: The Turd.