Willem de Kooning is not an open book to me but that’s him above, walking, and I just read this story, about him, from Bill Berkson’s memoir Since When.
De Kooning was at dinner in East Hampton and somebody at the table said to him, ‘So, you take walks with your dogs.’
And he answered, ‘No. I’m a man. MY dogs walk with me.’
Sometimes I think those Abstract Expressionists weren’t all bad.
I haven’t been able to find a picture of de Kooning and his dogs. There’s this one of him on his bike with just one dog. Doesn’t really count, does it?
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