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de Kooning, Willem
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Willem de Kooning
born April 24, 1904, Rotterdam, Netherlands
died March 19, 1997, East Hampton, New York, U.S.
Photograph:Willem de Kooning and his wife, Elaine, photograph by Hans Namuth, 1952.
Willem de Kooning and his wife, Elaine, photograph by Hans Namuth, 1952.
Dutch-born American painter who was one of the leading exponents of Abstract Expressionism, particularly the form known as Action painting. During the 1930s and '40s de Kooning worked simultaneously in figurative and abstract modes, but by about 1945 these two tendencies seemed to fuse.