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"Police Gazette" by Willem de Kooning

“Police Gazette” by Willem de Kooning

Today marks the birthday of Willem de Kooning (in 1904), one of most prominent and celebrated of the Abstract Expressionist painters. Abstract Expressionism is the style that fused Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism.  De Kooning was born in Rotterdam (Netherlands) but didn’t travel to the United States until 1926 (he actually stowed away on a British freighter that was bound for Argentina).  He would eventually become most famous for his pictures of women using a unique blend of gestural abstraction and figuration.  He was also known for continually reworking his canvases and was considered one of the most knowledgeable among the artists associated with the New York School which included such notable artists and peers as Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning (his wife), Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, Adolph Gottlieb, Anne Ryan, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, Clyfford Still, and Richard Pousette-Dart. Here is one of de Kooning’s colorful landscapes (“Police Gazette”) that was painted in 1955 and is currently in the hands of a private collector.

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