Willem de Kooning

The Privileged (Untitled XX), 1985
Oil on canvas
70 x 80 inches (177.8 x 203.2 cm)
© 2013 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Photo by Tim Nighswander/IMAGING4ART

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Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, and arrived in the United States in 1926 via Hoboken, where he worked as a housepainter. After his move to New York the following year, the artist quickly became part of the city's vibrant art scene, forging friendships with artists and critics such as Arshile Gorky, Thomas Hess, Robert Motherwell, and Harold Rosenberg. In 1963, de Kooning took up full-time residence on the east end of Long Island, New York, a rural location that significantly impacted his painting from that point forward.