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Letter "W" » Willem de Kooning Quotes
«I don't paint to live, I live to paint.»
«The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.»
«The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time»
«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.»
«I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.»
«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.»
«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.»
«An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.»
«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.»
«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.»