Willem de Kooning
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The Surrealist painter and woodcut artist Seligmann also excelled in set design, creating costumes and scenery. His fantastic and anthropomorphic imagery is a testament to the typically Surrealist examination of deformed visions arising from the subconscious, and to the rich Swiss-German figurative tradition. This drawing sketches a costume for the ballet The Golden Fleece, shortly after the premier of which, in 1941, Seligmann met Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy once owned a drawing by Seligmann entitled The Youth of the Count Gabalis, also of 1941. She exhibited a collage by him in the Exhibition of collage at her museum-gallery Art of This Century in New York in spring 1943. This was the first international collage exhibition to be held in the U.S.