Willem de Kooning — American Artist born on April 24, 1904, died on March 19, 1997

Willem de Kooning was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands... (wikipedia)

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
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.
Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.
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.