Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was an American artist of Dutch origin who was one of the seminal figures of the New York Abstract Expressionist movement, although he never fully abandoned figuration. He is considered one of the most erudite and thoughtful artists of the New York school.

The artist rose to fame in the 1950’s with the highly controversial Women series and became one of the most influential artists of his generation, along with contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. He continued to paint after the demise of Expressionism in favour of Pop Art and his late works, created after the onset of Alzheimer’s, have drawn both praise and criticism.

De Kooning’s artistic legacy is incontestable, although his work is often overshadowed by that of Jackson Pollock. He has been called the last great Modernist before art diverged into a multitude of movements and media.

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