Death of Willem de Kooning

April 24, 1904 - March 19, 1997
East Hampton, New York | Age 92

Dominant figure in abstract expressionist art movement dead at 92
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Dutch-born Willem de Kooning, whose swirls and slashes of colour helped define abstract expressionism and made him one of the 20th century's greatest painters, died in his New York studio Wednesday. He was 92.

De Kooning's abstract expressionist works included traces of the earlier surrealist movement and prefigured Pop art.

Along with Jackson Pollock, he led the group of artists who helped New York replace Paris as the center of the art world in the years after World War II....

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