Willem De Kooning

Willem De Kooning was a notable Dutch-American painter, best known for his abstract expressionist style. He was born on April 24, 1904, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and immigrated to the United States in 1926. As his art career flourished, his work earned a series of prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Arts, and the Praemium Imperiale. De Kooning passed away in East Hampton, New York, in 1997, but his legacy lives on in his highly praised work.

Artistic Style and Career Highlights

De Kooning’s work evolved significantly over time. Between 1930 and 1940, he used bold colors and biomorphic or geometric shapes. During this period, his paintings were mostly abstract still-lifes. From 1946 to 1949, his artistic approach shifted to favor more black-and-white hues. Influenced by abstract expressionism, De Kooning produced a series of black-and-white paintings that experimented with mixed media techniques. Charles Egan Gallery showcased his work in 1948, as part of his “one-man show.” Willem De Kooning is best known for his “Woman” series, which is painted in American abstract expressionism.

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“Spoleto 1974” lithograph Fine Art Poster signed-in-the-plate by artist Willem De Kooning

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