Frasi Willem de Kooning

„Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped in the melodrama of vulgarity. I do not think.... of art as a situation of comfort.“

—  Willem de Kooning

Quote of De Kooning from Beyond the Aesthetic, Robert Motherwell, Design 47, April 1946, as quoted in Abstract Expressionist Painting in America, W.C, Seitz, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1983, p. 101.
Original in Dutch: Kunst lijkt me nooit volledig of zuiver te maken. Het is of ik altijd verwikkeld ben in het melodrama van de alledaagsheid. [...]

„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

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.

„The texture of experience is prior to everything else.“

—  Willem de Kooning

Abstract Expressionism, David Anfam, Thames and Hudson Ltd London, 1990, p. 150.
1948, in the period of making his painting 'Excavation'

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