De Kooning trained in both commercial and fine art in the Netherlands before moving to the United States in 1926. He settled in New York, where he was drawn to the modernist art of Henri Matisse and Giorgio de Chirico, and was influenced by his contemporaries Arshile Gorky, Stuart Davis, and John Graham. In the mid-1930s he joined the Federal Art Project within the Works Progress Administration, where he made studies for public murals that are among his first abstractions. His experience on the project inspired him to pursue painting full-time.

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1921
Still Life (Bowl, Pitcher, and Jug)
1929
Still Life
1937
Father, Mother, Sister, Brother