Willem De Kooning

1904-1997

Dutch artist Willem De Kooning was an abstract expressionist artist. Born in Rotterdam, he moved to America in 1926. In 1943, De Kooning married the painter Elaine Fried and in 1962 he became an American citizen. After World War II, De Kooning developed a style known as Abstract Expressionism also known as ‘action painting’, he was part of what is known as the New York School, a close group of artists which included the likes of Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Richard Pousette-Dart to name but a few.