Willem de Kooning
Quotations


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.

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

Whatever an artistís 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.

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.

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.

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

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



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