De Kooning: paintings, 1960-1980

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Hatje Cantz, 2005 - Art - 199 pages
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In the sixties and seventies, during his years of retreat from urban life, Willem de Kooning's painting took on a new sense of color and energetic gesture which was especially marked by the fundamental experience of landscape on Long Island. This overview, featuring a concentrated selection of large-format paintings, illuminates this period of vigorous, pioneering activity of the celebrated master of American post-war modernism.

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Willem de Kooning was born in 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1926 and settled briefly in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he worked as a house painter before moving to New York in 1927. After working in the mural and easel divisions of the WPA Federal Art Project in the mid-30s, he was able to paint full-time. During the 40s, he participated in group shows with other New York School artists, the Abstract Expressionists. De Kooningis first solo show, in 1948, at the Egan Gallery in New York, firmly established his reputation as a major artist; countless gallery and museum shows were to follow. He was honored with a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1997. De Kooning died that year on Long Island.

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