De Kooning (1904-19 )

Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, Holland (the Netherlands) in 1904, and came to the United States in 1926. He soon became a close friend of Arshile Gorky and other New York artists--Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko--and, along with them, is credited with having most thoroughly explored abstract art. He studied at Academie voor Beeldende Kunstenen Technische Wetenschappen, Amsterdam. After coming to the United States, he worked as a commercial artist and a house painter. He taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and at Yale University.