I found this book riveting--both a brilliant portrait of the artist and a deeply felt exploration of his art.
This is an exhaustively researched and detailed account written in a way that draws the reader into de Kooning's struggle on a daily basis.
De Kooning's work is a great importance in the history of art and in the expression of the inner self of a great artist.
An absolutely fantastic story. Very important reading for any artist. The best history book on art I have ever read.Published 9 months ago by Northern Pony Artist
Stevens has written the only complete and detailed life of Willem De Kooning, one of the founders of American Abstract Expressionism ('Ab Ex' as it is often called) in print. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Indiana reader
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the life and work of de Kooning.
Very detailed informative book. Insightful. thoughtful book
a fairly well written book with redundant information in places that may not have been remembered. He was an interesting man and I would have liked to hear more from him than about... Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. Whitney
I read a lot of biographies and memoirs, and I think this book is a flat-out marvel. The only artist bio I can recommend as strongly is the Hillary Spurling two-part biography of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. S. Eckhoff
its as complex as his paintings, yet whirls and twirls through the winds and trends of the most important time in american art.Published 21 months ago by William Quigley
Wow, wow, wow. Reading this book for the third time - ran out of reading material and decided to give this another whirl. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Suzinne Barrett
Both sad and inspiring, "De Kooning An American Master" (2004) by critics Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, follows Willem de Kooning from his days as a poor little Dutch boy in... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Edward
The life of Willem de Kooning is fascinating. The book has won awards because the research is amazing and the writing is so great, which is really refreshing! Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Jackie Barton