de Kooning: An American Master is a biography of Dutch American painter Willem de Kooning, a prominent figure in the American movement of abstract expressionism in the thirties and forties. Often compared to Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky, de Kooning was considered one of the more inspirational and influential artists of the 20th century.[1] The book, which is the first comprehensive biography presenting both de Kooning's personal life and career, was written by authors by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan.[2][3] In 2005, the book was honored with the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.

de Kooning: An American Master
De Kooning An American Master book cover.jpg
AuthorMark Stevens
and Annalyn Swan
SubjectWillem de Kooning
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
November 9, 2004 (2004-11-09)
Media typePrint
Pages752 (hardcover)
Awards2005 Pulitzer Prize
LC ClassN6537.D43S74 2004

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