The Art of William De Kooning

Known and most popular for his abstract expressionism De Kooning has a long career with much ambiguity in his pictorial work as well.

He is well known for his active brushwork, charcoal over drawing, and biomorphic forms.

Visible revisions and changes in figure paintings reveal fragmented images and multilayered paint surfaces.

After WWII he was driven by a desperation common to the existentialism of the time. He was restless and romantic valuing creative freedom and his self-definition. Quite a fascinating psychological picture of an artist.

Biomorphic refers to abstract images of living forms. De Kooning was a master of this art form.

He worked largely in oil but used charcoal in the same works often on paper as well as canvas.

His inspiring color usage was bright and intriguing with a myriad of yellows, oranges, blues, and pinks. He also experimented with white or cream-colored backgrounds for his display of black lines as well as white lines against black backgrounds.

While continuing to explore figurative painting and his black and white series, his abstract fields were a breakthrough that would shape his public and positive critical reputation.

This Dutch-American abstract artist’s works will be perpetuated for art lovers throughout time.

Inspired Works by Laurie Hollman from Studying De Kooning