A formal portrait of Willem de Kooning as a small child, 1906, Rotterdam

Willem de Kooning in 1922, Rotterdam

Courtesy Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek 

Willem de Kooning on the steps of the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, shortly after his arrival in the United States, 1926

Arshile Gorky and Willem de Kooning, c. 1937, Gorky's studio, New York

Oliver Baker, photographer
Rudi Blesh papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Willem de Kooning at the exhibition "Modern Art in Advertising" sponsored by Container Corp. at The Art Institute of Chicago, 1945, with The Netherlands, 1945

Photographer: Gordon Coster
© Time & Life Pictures/Getty Archives

Willem de Kooning in his Fourth Avenue studio, April 1946

Harry Bowden, photographer
Harry Bowden papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

The interior of Willem de Kooning's Studio, Fourth Avenue, New York City, 1946

Photograph by Harry Bowden
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL-Gift of Lois Bowden
Photo © Sheldon Museum of Art

Willem and Elaine de Kooning with a state of Excavation in his Fourth Avenue studio, c. 1949

Photograph by Walter Auerbach

Willem de Kooning with a state of Woman I, c. 1952

Kay Bell Reynal, photographer
[Photographs of artists taken by Kay Bell Reynal], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Willem de Kooning on 10th Street, April 5, 1959

Photographer: Fred W. McDarrah
© Premium Archive/Getty Images

Willem and Elaine de Kooning, 1953  

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[shown on Leo Castelli's porch, East Hampton, Long Island]
 

Willem de Kooning at the Sidney Janis Gallery, June 15, 1959, leaning on Lisbeth's Painting, 1958

Photographer: Arnold Newman
© Arnold Newman Properties/Getty Images

Willem de Kooning and Thomas Hess in de Kooning's Broadway studio, c. 1959, with Spike's Folly, 1959

Photograph by Walter Silver
Walter Silver/©Photography Collection, The New York Public Library

Willem de Kooning in his Broadway studio, 1961, with Black and White Study, c. 1958, Untitled (Torso), c. 1954, and other works

Photograph by Robert Frank
Yale University Art Gallery
Leonard C. Hanna Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
© Robert Frank; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Willem de Kooning in his Broadway studio, 1962

Photographer: Fred W. McDarrah
© Premium Archive/Getty Images

Willem and Lisa de Kooning, 1962

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
 

 

Willem de Kooning, 1962  

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[shown in excavation for his new studio, East Hampton, Long Island]

 

Willem de Kooning  

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[shown drawing Trembling Woman, 1963, with eyes closed]

 

Joseph and Olga Hirshhorn with Willem de Kooning in his studio East Hampton, Long Island, c. 1964

Photograph by John McMahon
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

untitled

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[Two Figures, 1964 and Clam Diggers, 1963 in de Kooning's studio, East Hampton, Long Island]

 

Willem de Kooning receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon B. Johnson, September 14th, 1964

Photograph by Cecil Stoughton
LBJ Library Collection

untitled, 1964  

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[Willem de Kooning working on Woman, Sag Harbor, 1964, in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island]

 

Edy de Wilde with Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1966

Photograph by John McMahon
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1966

Courtesy Masters & Masterworks Productions

Willem de Kooning, 1967

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[shown in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island]

 

Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, working on The Visit, 1967

Photographer: Ben van Meerondonk
© Archive Photos/Getty Images

Willem de Kooning

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[shown in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1968]

 
 
 

Willem de Kooning working on a lithographic plate, with Irwin Hollander and Fred Genis at Hollander's workshop, New York, 1971

Photograph: Hollanders Workshop, Inc. Courtesy Sragow Gallery, New York

untitled

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, working on Clamdigger, 1972]

 

Willem de Kooning

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[shown in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, working on The Dancer, 1972]

Willem de Kooning, 1972 

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[shown in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, working on Floating Figure, 1972]

 

untitled

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[Willem de Kooning and David Christian in the East Hampton studio with waste mold for Clamdigger, 1972]

 

Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1978

Photographer: Arnold Newman
© Arnold Newman Properties/Getty Images

Willem de Kooning drawing in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1978

Photographer: Arnold Newman
© Arnold Newman Properties/Getty Images

Willem de Kooning with Lisa de Kooning, in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1978

Photographer: Arnold Newman
© Arnold Newman Properties/Getty Images

Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, July 21st, 1981

Photograph by Kevin Clarke

Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, October 3rd, 1981

Photo Eddy Posthuma de Boer
 

Willem de Kooning working on Untitled III, 1981, in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island

Photograph by Tom Ferrara

Willem de Kooning looking at a platre original for the monumental enlargement of Seated Woman
at Bruce Hoheb's studio, New York, 1982

Photograph by Tom Ferrara

Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1982, with Untitled VII, 1982 and Untitled, 1970

Photograph by Kevin Clarke

Xavier Fourcade and Willem de Kooning, Memorial Day, East Hampton, 1983

Photograph by Cristina Hadzi

untitled

Photograph by Hans Namuth
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography
© 1991 Hans Namuth Estate
[Willem de Kooning in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, working on Untitled XI, 1983]

Willem de Kooning at work on Untitled XLVII in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, 1983

Photograph by Adelaide de Menil

Willem de Kooning working on  , 1984, in his studio, East Hampton, Long Island, February 2nd, 1984

Photograph by Tom Ferrara