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The Visit
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation, New York/ ARS, NY and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Tate

The Visit 1966–7

Willem de Kooning (1904–1997)


(b Rotterdam, 24 Apr. 1904; d East Hampton, Long Island, NY, 19 Mar. 1997). Dutch-born painter (and latterly sculptor) who became an American citizen in 1961, one of the major figures of Abstract Expressionism. He went to America as a stowaway in 1926 and the following year settled in New York. His early work was conservative, but in 1929 he met Arshile Gorky, who became one of his closest friends and introduced him to avant-garde circles.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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