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Willem de Kooning
Seated Woman
Ca. 1940
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY ARTIST: WILLEM DE KOONING'S DESTRUCTIVENESS
by Donald Kuspit



Directly our paranoid potential is aroused, it is as if we set foot into a mythological world inhabited, not by human beings, but by demons, ogres and witches whose evil practices can only be combated by equal malice on our own part. Of course, when we enter the other state in which projection plays such a marked part, the state which Freud called "the psychosis of normal people" and which is better known as the state of being "in love," we also enter a mythological world which suddenly seems transformed by the magical influence of the beloved into a place of sweetness and light inhabited by only the kindliest and most noble of persons.

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