‘I am always in the picture somewhere. The amount of space I use I am always in, I seem to move around in it. And there seems to be a time when I lose sight of what I wanted to do, and then I am out of it. If the picture has a countenance I keep it. If it hasn’t, I throw it away’ (W. de Kooning, quoted in R. Motherwell, A. Reinhardt and B. Karpel (eds.), Modern Artists in America, First Series, 1952, p. 12).