Willem de Kooning (Died: March 19, 1997) was a Dutch abstract expressionist artist. He was born in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. He moved to the United States in 1926, and became an American citizen in 1962. On December 9, 1943, he married painter Elaine Fried.

Quotes:

“The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.” ...
“The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. ...
“Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. ...
“In art one idea is as good as another.”

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