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 Willem de Kooning  (1904 - 1997)

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Lived/Active: New York / Netherlands/Germany      Known for: abstract expressionist painting, figurative

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BIOGRAPHY for Willem de Kooning
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Birth
1904 (Rotterdam, Holland)
 
Death
1997 (East Hampton, New York)

Lived/Active
New York / Netherlands/Germany


Photograph of Willem de Kooning
© 2007 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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abstract expressionist painting, figurative

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Abstract Expressionism
Painters of Nudes
Modernism

Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, Holland on April 24, 1904.  His  father, Leenert, was a wine and beer distributor who won custody of young Willem when his parents separated about five years after his birth.  His mother, Cornelia Nobel de Kooning, ran a tough seamen's bar, and snatched the boy back soon after.  At the age of twelve, with  elementary school behind him, de Kooning entered an informal apprenticeship with commercial artists and designers, Jan and (showing 500 of 15454 characters).




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