Willem de Kooning Quotes

I don't paint to live, I live to paint. ”
- Willem de Kooning

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.”
- Willem de Kooning

Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns. ”
- Willem de Kooning

Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. ”
- Willem de Kooning

I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art. ”
- Willem de Kooning

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

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

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