Willem De Kooning ~ On Order
“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
Willem De Kooning ~ On Desperation
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
Standing Man by Willem de Kooning
Andrew Wyeth ~ Paintings Created Subconsciously
I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
Andrew Wyeth Pennsylvania, USA - 12th of July, 1917 /2009
Famous Andrew Wyeth paintings include realist works of rural scenes, usually with a figure, object, or animal in it. His unusual compositions tend to add to the understated drama of his work.
Mark Rothko ~ The Essence Of Academicism
It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
Jackson Pollock ~ The Game Of Construction
"It’s all a big game of construction, some
with a brush, some with a shovel, some
choose a pen."
Photo Jackson Pollock, Long Island 1949 by Arnold Newman
Jackson Pollock ~ The Unconscious
I'm very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you're painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.
Art Of The Subconscious ~ Abstract Expressionism
Abstract Expressionism was an American art movement in New York City from the mid-1940s to mid-1950s, and was the first specifically American Art movement to establish worldwide influence. It demonstrated the energy and creativity of America in the post-World War II years, and was the first important school in American painting to establish its own aesthetic ideals of beauty, independent of European influence.
The act of painting was regarded as more significant than the finished products, as painters sought to express their subconscious through art.
Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko were among the most celebrated Abstract Expressionists, though their work varied greatly.
"Woman and bicycle"Willem de Kooning
"Untitled, 1942"Mark Rothko
The progression of a painter's work as it travels in time from point to point, will be toward clarity.. toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea.. and the idea and the observer.. To achieve this clarity is inevitably to be understood."