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Willem de Kooning was born in 1904
24 April, 2016
Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands. 1904-1997) Rider (Untitled VII) 1985 Oil on canvas 70″ x 6′ 8″ (177.8 x 203.2 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase and gift of Milly and Arnold Glimcher © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
American, Dutch-born artist Willem de Kooning (1904 – 1997) was a leader exponent of the abstract expressionism. He was part of the part of a group of artists that came to be known as the New York school.
Willem de Kooning’s style developed in the context of American art of the mid-20th century, though the maitre never lost his original ties to European art.
An inner dialogue with Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Vasily Kandinsky can clearly be felt in his art over the course of many years.
During de Kooning’s later years, when he was more than 70, began a new exploration resulting in canvases that acquired total freedom of color, line and shape. These latest works made in the 1980s, were destined to become the most light and life-affirming works, the great artist’s unique spiritual testament.