The Easel

Archives: Edith Schloss

23rd November 2021

In Willem de Kooning’s Loft at the Dawn of Bohemian New York

What was it like to be in New York when, after WW2, it was the white-hot centre of the art world? Schloss was a young art writer who seemingly had a talent for “being in the blazing-hot There”. Walking downtown with de Kooning was like “walking with Clark Gable in Hollywood.” His loft had “the smell of fire and brimstone in the air … A man had been measuring himself against the gods with nothing but a stick covered with paint … “Wow, that man, just standing there in his studio, wow!””