Willem de Kooning Quotes

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Willem de Kooning

De Kooning in his studio in 1961
Born (1904-04-24)April 24, 1904
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died March 19, 1997(1997-03-19) (aged 92)
East Hampton, New York, U.S.[1]
Nationality Dutch, American
Known for Abstract expressionism
Notable work Woman I, Easter Monday, Attic, Excavation
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)
National Medal of Arts (1986)
Praemium Imperiale (1989)

I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.
Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
I don't paint to live, I live to paint.
Whatever an artist’s personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists.
Willem de Kooning
An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
My interest in desperation lies only in that sometimes I find myself having become desperate. Very seldom do I start out that way. I can see of course that, in the abstract, thinking and all activity is rather desperate.
Willem de Kooning
Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.
Willem de Kooning
The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
Willem de Kooning