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By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I think I'm painting a picture of two women but it may turn out to be a landscape.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I read somewhere that Rubens said students should not draw from life, but draw from all the great classic casts. Then you really get the measure of them, you really know what to do. And then, put in your own dimples. Isn't that marvelous!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Yes, I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

It's really absurd to make... a human image, with paint, today, when you think about it... But then all of a sudden, it was even more absurd not to do it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Content is a glimpse of something, an encounter like a flash. It's very tiny - very tiny. Content.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The problem with property is that it takes so much of your time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Even an abstract form has to have a likeness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

If you're an artist, the problem is to make a picture work whether you are happy or not.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Not even for a million dollars would I paint a tree.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The drawings that interest me most are made with closed eyes. With eyes closed, I feel my hand slide down on the paper. I have an image in mind, but the results always surprise me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Content is a glimpse.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The past does not influence me; I influence it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

And then there is that one-man movement, Marcel Duchamp for me a truly modern movement because it implies that each artist can do what he thinks he ought to a movement for each person and open for everybody.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, get paint on the picture, and you have faith.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I paint the way I do because I can keep on putting more and more things in - like drama, pain, anger, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas of space. It doesn't matter if it differs from mine, as long as it comes from the painting, which has its own integrity and intensity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I see the canvas and I begin... It's a necessary evil to get into the work, and it's pretty marvelous to be able to get out of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I don't paint to live, I live to paint.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The word 'abstract' comes from the light tower of the philosophers. One of their spotlights that they have particularly focused on 'Art'. [Abstraction was] not so much what you could paint but rather what you could not paint. You could not paint a house or a tree or a mountain. It was then that subject matter came into existence as something you ought not have.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I'm not interested in 'abstracting' or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it - drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Watercolors is the first and the last thing an artist does.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped in the melodrama of vulgarity. I do not think... of art as a situation of comfort.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The 'Women' had to do with the female painted through all ages, all those idols, and maybe I was stuck to a certain extent; I couldn't go on. It did one thing for me: it eliminated composition, arrangement, relationships, light - all this silly talk about line, colour and form - because that was the thing I wanted to get hold of.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I might work on a painting for a month, but it has too look like I painted it in a minute.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Art should not have to be a certain way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Once, after finishing a picture, I thought I would stop for awhile, take a trip, do things-the next time I thought of this, I found five years had gone by.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The point they (Lissitzky, Rodchenko, Tatlin, Gabo, the neo-Plasticists, and so on) all had in common was to be inside and outside at the same time. For me, to be inside and outside is to be in an unheated studio with broken windows in the winter, or taking a nap on somebody's porch in the summer.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

When, about fifteen years ago, I walked into Arshile's studio for the first time, the atmosphere was so beautiful that I got a little dizzy and when I came to, I was bright enough to take the hint immediately. If the bookkeepers think it necessary to make sure of where things and people came from, well then, I came from 36 Union Square. I am glad that it is about impossible to get away from his powerful influence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Even abstract shapes must have a likeness

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell. Then there could be new paintings again.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

If you pick up some paint with your brush and make somebody's nose with it, this is rather ridiculous when you think of it, theoretically or philosophically. It's really absurd to make an image, like a human image, with paint, today.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

The idea of space is given to the artist to change if he can. The subject matter in the abstract is space.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Maybe in that earlier phase I was painting the woman in me. Art isn't a wholly masculine occupation, you know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

If I stretch my arms and wonder where my fingers are - that is all the space I need as a painter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Willem De Kooning

Man's own form in space - his body - was a private prison; and that it was because of this imprisoning misery - because he was hungry and overworked and went to a horrid place called home late at night in the rain, and his bones ached and his head was heavy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Willem De Kooning

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. An artist is someone who makes art too. He did not invent it. How it started — "to hell with it." It is obvious that it has no progress. The idea of space is given him to change if he can. The subject matter in the abstract is space. He fills it with an attitude. The attitude never comes from himself alone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Willem De Kooning

I feel sometimes an American artist must feel, like a baseball player or something - a member of a team writing American history.