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Willem de Kooning Quotes and Sayings

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Style is a fraud.
I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.
- Willem de Kooning

Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure.
- Willem de Kooning

I don't paint to live, I live to paint.
- Willem de Kooning

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

 

I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.
- Willem de Kooning

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
- Willem de Kooning

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
- Willem de Kooning

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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.
- Willem de Kooning

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

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug,
thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts,
in speech or on paper, some style.
- Alan K. Simpson

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.
- Michael Graves

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul
and tools that were limiting.
In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
- Jaron Lanier

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific.
I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style,
and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.
- Brock Yates

The style depends on the subject.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Americans can pretty much sing anything,
whereas foreign singers are often limited in style,
language, even composer.
- Marilyn Horne

It would be easier to say, what was the difference
in style from many years ago.
Many years ago, the old violinists, they also had a good technique,
they were not tonally as good.
- Ruggiero Ricci

When I made Blue Moon Swamp, there was a lot of trial and error;
I was trying to find people who would be simpatico with my style,
and with what I had in mind for the album.
- John Fogerty

What I think of as style - and I've gotten to this
over years of really thinking about it -
is that style is the unconscious choices I make.
- John Corigliano

It's not my job to try and alter the director's style -
he's in charge,
and I'll always give him my trust.
- Ewan McGregor

No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the
shoulder blades will cramp his style.
- Steven Brust

Oh, never mind the fashion.
When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better.
- Margaret Oliphant

I could have closed down bits of British Home Stores
to make more money but it's not my style.
I want to make my money as a retailer,
not by putting people out of work.
- Philip Green

I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always
pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.
- Aaliyah

A lot of times, when a band finds success with a certain style or sound,
they have a really hard time breaking away from that to grow as artists.
- Matt Cameron

Style is primarily a matter of instinct.
- Bill Blass

If I'm gonna go down I'm gonna do it with style.
You won't hear me surrender, you won't hear me confess
cause you've left me with nothing but I have worked with less.
- Ani DiFranco

Punk was defined by an attitude rather than a musical style.
- David Byrne

I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing
a cognitive style on workers and their work.
- Edward Tufte

Fashions fade, style is eternal.
- Yves Saint Laurent

A style is not a matter of camera angles or fancy footwork,
it's an expression, an accurate expression of your particular opinion.
- Karel Reisz

His style has the desperate jauntiness of an orchestra
fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship.
- Edmund Wilson

People ask me where I got my singing style.
I didn't copy my style from anybody.
- Elvis Presley

I am not a grammarian.
Maybe my style is eccentric.
- Dorothy Kilgallen

Taste is more to do with manners than appearances.
Taste is both myth and reality; it is not a style.
- Stephen Bayley

I wanted to get back to my style of 20 years ago after
a long period of exploring horror and fantasy themes.
- Dario Argento

I don't have any style.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Switzerland is a small, steep country,
much more up and down than sideways,
and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built
on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.
- Ernest Hemingway

To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art.
- Charles Bukowski

Where questions of style and exposition are concerned
I try to follow a simple maxim:
if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself.
- John Searle

It goes back to a style of moviemaking I remember seeing as a child,
in movies like The Man With The Golden Arm,
which I think was shot all on a sound stage.
- Debbie Allen

It is the nobility of their style which will make our
writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
- Stendhal

So many cartoonists draw the same year after year.
When they find a style, they stick with it.
They don't mess with innovation, and they become boring.
- Pat Oliphant

The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
- Jonathan Swift

Always, however brutal an age may actually have been,
its style transmits its music only.
- Andre Malraux

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style
on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose,
the poets tremble.
- John C. Ransom

Diana Ross is a big inspiration to all of us.
We all grew up watching everything about her -
her mike placement,
her grace, her style and her class.
- Beyonce Knowles

Do the story in the way it really demands to be done,
which may mean using several different styles or only one style;
but it's still about respecting the story.
- Bill Sienkiewicz

I mean, as long as it doesn't have a bra attached,
guys can take a risk and wear stylish things that went
out of style 30 years ago.
As things go around, they come around.
- Steven Tyler

"Camp" is a vision of the world in terms of style -
but a particular style.
It is the love of the exaggerated.
- Susan Sontag

It is a process of finding the right music then planning
a costume to fit that style of music.
- Nancy Kerrigan

I'm kind of the town pump.
I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good in this style.
- Michael McKean

In those days a concert was a personal experience.
I wanted to be as close as possible to the audience,
and of course big stadiums didn't enable you to do that.
It wasn't my style.
- Cat Stevens

Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.
- Shawn Ashmore

Peter, of the three of us, was our prince.
He seemed so timeless.
He had such elan and style.
- Tom Brokaw

My style is all to myself.
- John Lee Hooker

Real style is not having a program -
it's how one behaves in a crisis.
- Frank Auerbach

Once you've done one style, you leave it for a while.
- Fiona Shaw

The whole point in developing your own style is to find your own voice.
- Dave Holland

Television preachers extract money from the poor to
live in a style and to indulge in shameful acts which
equal or outdo the worst of the Renaissance Popes.
- J. Irwin Miller

But what I like to sing mostly is blues and cabaret style.
- Moira Kelly

Style is something that's extremely important,
but it must grow naturally out of who and what you
are and what the material calls for.
It cannot be superimposed.
- William Friedkin

I didn't know a damn thing about style.
- Michael Bergin

When we want to have our own style of living,
it is nobody's business but ours.
What we do in private is our private business.
- Eartha Kitt

Yoga introduced me to a style of meditation.
The only meditation I would have done before would
be in the writing of songs.
- Sting

My songwriting and my style became more complex as I listened,
learned, borrowed and stole and put my music together.
- Boz Scaggs

I would say old school cats like Redman and Wu-tang.
My style is my style, those are just cats that I liked.
- Obie Trice

Hemingway was a prisoner of his style.
No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except
the characters in Hemingway.
His style in the wildest sense finally killed him.
- William Burroughs

I guess my style is a cross between David Bowie and Clint Eastwood.
- Dylan McDermott

When I got started in New York, it wasn't like it is now.
If you were different from Miles and Dizzy,
it was very difficult to make gigs and make money with your own style.
- Freddie Hubbard

I'm very out of style...
or I should say I have my own style.
- Alexandra Paul


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