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Willem de Kooning

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Willem de Kooning
De Kooning in his studio in 1961
Born(1904-04-24)April 24, 1904
Rotterdam, Netherlands
DiedMarch 19, 1997(1997-03-19) (aged 92)
East Hampton, New York
NationalityDutch, American
Known forAbstract expressionism
Notable workWoman I, Easter Monday, Attic, Excavation
SpouseElaine de Kooning
AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom (1964)
Edward MacDowell Medal (1975)
National Medal of Arts (1986)
Praemium Imperiale (1989)

Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was a Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist.

He was born in Rotterdam and moved to the United States in 1926. He became an American citizen in 1962. In 1943, he married painter Elaine Fried.[1]

De Kooning's first paintings were of men and women. By 1948, he had a show of black and white abstractions. By 1950 he was connected to the New York School of painters.[2]

By the 1950s, de Kooning was famous and successful. Some of his followers were the American painters Michael Goldberg, Alfred Leslie, Grace Hartigan, and Joan Mitchell.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Grunenberg, Christopher (2011). "de Kooning, Willem". Oxford Reference - The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  2. Prather, Marla (2013). "de Kooning, Willem". Oxford Reference - The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History. Retrieved February 10, 2023.