If you pick up some paint with your brush and make somebody's nose with it, this is rather ridiculous when you think of it, theoretically or philosophically. It's really absurd to make an image, like a human image, with paint, today.
Willem De Kooning (b. 1904), Dutch–born U.S. artist. first published as "Content Is a Glimpse...," In Location (New York, Spring 1963), interview, December 30, 1960, BBC. Quoted in Diane Waldman, "Painting As Self Discovery," William de Kooning (1988).