The more stuff in it, the busier the work of art, the worse it is. More is less. Less is more. The eye is a menace to clear sight. The laying bare of oneself is obscene. Art begins with the getting rid of nature.
When I brought Hofmann up to meet Pollock and see his work which was before we moved here, Hofmann’s reaction was—one of the questions he asked Jackson was, « Do you work from nature? » There were no still lifes around or models around and Jackson’s answer was, « I am nature. » And Hofmann’s reply was, « Ah, but if you work by heart, you will repeat yourself. » To which Jackson did not reply at all. The meeting between Pollock and Hofmann took place in 1942.