William Congdon attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he pursued a growing interest in art. After graduation, he briefly attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, then took painting, drawing, and sculpting lessons. After the war, he devoted himself definitively to painting and traveled through Europe, becoming familiar with the various artistic trends that were developing at the time. Though he spent most of his life in Italy, he remained a U.S. citizen, and his work made an original contribution to the body of American art for its unique balancing of abstract expressionism with the European figurative tradition.
Source: William G. Congdon Foundation