Born on April 24.
Drops out of school to enroll as an apprentice in a craftwork and decoration firm in Rotterdam.
Attends classes in fine arts and craftwork at the Rotterdam Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten en Technische Wetenschappen.
Moves to the United States, living in Hoboken, New Jersey, and working as a house painter.
Moves to New York, where he meets other artists, including Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, and John Graham.
Joins the Artist’s Union.
Begins to work on murals for the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Federal Art Project. Meets critic Harold Rosenberg. De Kooning’s work is included in the exhibition New Horizons in American Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.