Willem de Kooning

American, born Netherlands (Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1904 - 1997, East Hampton, New York)

A central figure in the mid-century New York school of painting, Willem de Kooning was trained in Rotterdam in commercial arts. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1926 and worked initially as a house painter, and as an artist for the Works Progress Administra


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