Nothing is Original

here). I was reminded of that very fact today when I cracked open a new book about one of my favorite photographers Aaron Siskind. Because Siskind hung around and emulated the painters Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline, some of their work was included in the book. My POTD for today shows a strong resemblance to this one by de Kooning, which I had never seen before. Jarmusch said “Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.” Does it count as stealing if you didn’t even know about the other piece beforehand?

Willem de Kooning Night Square 1949Night Square Willem De Kooning 1949

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2 thoughts on “Nothing is Original”

  1. I don’t think it counts as stealing if you didn’t know the original. I wonder if de Kooning knew Jackson Pollack. These lines remind me of Pollack’s “splatter” paintings.

    1. Kathy, De Kooning, Pollack, Franz Kline, and Aaron Siskind were all part of the Abstract Expressionist movement. I believe they all knew each other and there was a lot of “cross-pollination” in their work. Siskand for instance did an homage to Kline.

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