Willem de Kooning (1904 - 1997) was a highly influential founding member of the Abstract Expressionist movement from the Netherlands, later living and working in New York, NY. The animation he bestowed upon traditional subjects (landscapes, still lives, the female form) in a traditional medium (oil) helped set the American Abstract Expressionists apart from any other subset of painters. This “animation” results from energetic, at times sensual, strokes of wildly brushed paint. His wildly popular Woman series, one of the best examples of de Kooning’s famed style, deconstructed figuration and turned earlier conceptions of space and composition in painting on their heads. De Kooning’s works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Kunstmuseum Basel, among others.

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