Willem de Kooning (Dutch, 1904-1997) was a Dutch painter and sculptor closely associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement and the New York School. Shortly after moving to the United States in 1926, de Kooning was selected as one of thirty-eight artists contracted by the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project to help paint 105 public murals for the New York City World’s Fair. Taking inspiration from both Surrealism and Cubism, as well as his contemporary, Ashille Gorky, with whom de Kooning had shared a studio, the artist experimented with forms, and later developed his “action” style for which he has become known. Typically, his works disrupt focus between the foreground and background, denote aggressive brush strokes, and employ vivid color creating a complex visual strategy which has become synonymous with his practice. His work is exhibited internationally.
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