Words of Wisdom by Willem de Kooning on his 109th Birthday

“Some painters, including myself, do not care what chair they are sitting on. It does not even have to be a comfortable one. They are too nervous to find out where they ought to sit. They do not want to ‘sit in style’. Rather they have found that painting—any kind of painting, any style of painting—to be painting at all, in fact—a style of living, so to speak. That is where the form of it lies. It is exactly in its uselessness that it is free. Those artists don’t want to conform. They only want to be inspired.” —Willem de Kooning