Willem de Kooning


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Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

In the post-World War II era, de Kooning painted in a style that came to be referred to as Abstract expressionism or Action painting, and was part of a group of artists that came to be known as the New York School. Other painters in this ... more »

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  • ''An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.''
    Willem De Kooning (b. 1904), Dutch-born U.S. artist. Paper, delivered to friends, February 18, 1949. "A Desperate View," published in Thomas B. Hess, ...
  • ''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 (b. 1904), Dutch-born U.S. artist. Paper, delivered to friends, February 18, 1949. "A Desperate View," published in Thomas B. Hess, ...
  • ''Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.''
    Willem De Kooning (b. 1904), Dutch-born U.S. artist. Lecture, 1949, New York. "A Desperate View," Collected Writings, ed. George Scrivani (1988).
  • ''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 (b. 1904), Dutch-born U.S. artist. Lecture, 1950, New York City. "The Renaissance and Order," Collected Writings, ed. George Scrivan...
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