Willem de Kooning (; Dutch: [ˈʋɪləm də ˈkoːnɪŋ]; April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was a Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist. He was born in Rotterdam and moved to the United States in 1926, becoming an American citizen in 1962. In 1943, he married painter Elaine Fried.
Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure.
I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.
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 of your time.
Paint the essential character of things.
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.