-William De Kooning-

Lived to age 93

Background History:

He was born in Rotterdam. At the age of 12 he left school and became an apprentice in art. He grew up in a household considered dysfunctional. His parents divorced when he reached age 5 and after a short period his mother kidnapped him and eventually won full custody over him.

Art Movements Involved In:

He was involved in abstract expressionism. No he was not the founder of it. Most of his art was abstract expressionism. He was considered one of the greatest abstract expressionism painters known.