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Willem De Looper (1932–2009) was a Dutch-American abstract artist and chief curator at The Phillips Collection. Born in the Netherlands, de Looper came to the US in the 1950s, and studied fine art at American University. He painted large, often colorful works on raw canvas that were, in essence, experiments in color, form, and texture.

Like the local artists of the Washington Color School in the 1950s and '60s, he experimented with technique, but his works gradually became freer and more expansive than such Color School predecessors as Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. By the 1970s, his signature style had evolved into textured horizontal color bands on large canvases. His works have been exhibited by many museums, including the National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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