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Willem De Kooning Quotes

The word abstract comes from the light tower of the philosophers ... one of their spotlights that they have particularly focussed 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.
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The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.

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

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

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

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Even abstract shapes must have a likeness

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

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

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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.

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Art should not have to be a certain way,

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Content is a glimpse.

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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.

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