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on 13 January 2013
This is probably one of, if not, THE greatest biography ever written about an artist. It's a masterpiece, and as Amazon says, "a page turning tale".

I relished in following De Kooning's process and progress as an artist from his very beginnings in extreme poverty (living on ketchup in a New York Studio with no heat and spending his money on art supplies) and struggle, to becoming one of the most important and revered painters that ever hit the American painting stage.

It was fascinating to read this brilliantly written account of the New York art scene in the 30's and 40's during the depression and war years, and the bursting forth of the powerful American abstract expressionists in the 50's when New York became the powerhouse center of the Art World.

Most of all, what I took away from this was De Kooning's fierce commitment to his art; reading of his phenomenal drive and passion to paint every single day, through poverty, rejection, artistic blocks, success, fame and decline, was both mesmerizing and sobering.

De Kooning, Portrait of an American Master felt like an experience of being up close with a genius
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