Artist Willem de Kooning was born this day in 1904. A good reason to celebrate the work of a leading Abstract Expressionist painter, with a portfolio spanning nearly eighty decades. But accolades aside, de Kooning painted for the love of art, not for fame or recognition. A true artist's perspective, constantly exploring methods to transform human emotion into physical form.
"I'm not interested in 'abstracting' or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it - drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea." - de Kooning