Willem de Kooning

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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 (24 April 190419 March 1997) was an abstract expressionist painter, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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  • 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.
    • The Renaissance and Order (1950) trans/formation, vol. 1, no.2, 1951, pp. 85-87
  • For really, when you think of all the life and death problems in the art of the Renaissance, who cares if a Chevalier is laughing or that a young girl has a red blouse on.
    • The Renaissance and Order (1950) trans/formation, vol. 1, no.2, 1951, pp. 85-87
  • I met a lot of artists — but then I met Gorky... He had an extraordinary gift for hitting the nail on the head; remarkable. So I immediately attached myself to him and we became very good friends. It was nice to be foreigners meeting in some new place.
    • As quoted in Willem de Kooning (1969) by Thomas B. Hess
  • 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.
    • Quoted in A Brief History of American Culture (1996) by Robert M. Crunden, p. 279
  • I had my own eyes, but I wasn't always looking in the right direction. I was certainly in need of a helping hand at times. Now I feel like Manet who said, "Yes, I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there."
    • As quoted in Willem De Kooning, 1904-1997 : Content as a Glimpse (2004) by Barbara Hess
  • I feel sometimes an American artist must feel, like a baseball player or something - a member of a team writing American history....
  • Willem de Kooning (1969) by Thomas B. Hess, Content Is A Glimpse, excerpts from an interview with David Sylvester, (BBC), Location, vol.1 no.1 Spring 1963.
  • Take Mondrian; he was a fantastic artist. But when we read his idea of Neo-Plasticism - pure plasticity - it's kind of silly.
  • Willem de Kooning (1969) by Thomas B. Hess, Content Is A Glimpse, excerpts from an interview with David Sylvester, (BBC), Location, vol.1 no.1 Spring 1963.

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  • I am eclectic by chance. I can open any artbook and find a painting I could be influenced by.
  • The followers of Abstract expressionism keep the Impressionist manner of looking at the scene but leave out the scene.
  • Art is something you can’t talk about and you talk about forever

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