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(De Kooning: An American Master.pdf) Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century a true painter s painter whose protean work continues to inspire many artists In the thirties and forties along with Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock he became a key figure in the revolutionary American movement of abstract expressionism Of all the painters in that group he worked the longest and was the most prolific creating powerful startling images well into the s br br The first major biography of de Kooning captures both the life and work of this complex romantic figure in American culture Ten years in the making and based on previously unseen letters and documents as well as on hundreds of interviews this is a fresh richly detailed and masterful portrait The young de Kooning overcame an unstable impoverished and often violent early family life to enter the Academie in Rotterdam where he learned both classic art and guild techniques Arriving in New York as a stowaway from Holland in he underwent a long struggle to become a painter and an American developing a passionate friendship with his fellow immigrant Arshile Gorky who was both a mentor and an inspiration During the Depression de Kooning emerged as a central figure in the bohemian world of downtown New York surviving by doing commercial work and painting murals for the WPA His first show at the Egan Gallery in was a revelation Soon the critics Harold Rosenberg and Thomas Hess were championing his work and de Kooning took his place as the charismatic leader of the New York school just as American art began to dominate the international scene br br Dashingly handsome and treated like a movie star on the streets of downtown New York de Kooning had a tumultuous marriage to Elaine de Kooning herself a fascinating character of the period At the height of his fame he spent his days painting powerful abstractions and intense disturbing pictures of the female figure and his nights living on the edge drinking womanizing and talking at the Cedar bar with such friends as Franz Kline and Frank O Hara By the s exhausted by the feverish art world he retreated to the Springs on Long Island where he painted an extraordinary series of lush pastorals In the s as he slowly declined into what was almost certainly Alzheimer s he created a vast body of haunting and ethereal late work br br This is an authoritative and brilliant exploration of the art life and world of an American masterDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming De Kooning: An American Master books for multiple devices.