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The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real. ---->>>

Full, saturated colours have an emotional significance I want to avoid. ---->>>

A painter's tastes must grow out of what so obsesses him in life that he never has to ask himself what it is suitable for him to do in art. ---->>>

The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh. ---->>>

My work is purely autobiographical... It is about myself and my surroundings. ---->>>

The painter's obsession with his subject is all that he needs to drive him to work. ---->>>

I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it's what Yeats called the fascination with what's difficult. I'm only trying to do what I can't do. ---->>>

There is a distinction between fact and truth. Truth has an element of revelation about it. If something is true, it does more than strike one as merely being so. ---->>>

I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having a look of the sitter, being them. ---->>>

I never think about my style but just try and make the pictures look believable. ---->>>

The paintings that really excite me have an erotic element or side to them irrespective of subject matter. ---->>>

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you do all manner of elaborate things to a duck, and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin. ---->>>

Now that I know what I want, I don't have to hold on to it quite so much. ---->>>

The character of the artist doesn't enter into the nature of the art. ---->>>

You ask why I'm fascinated by the human figure? As a human animal, I am interested in some of my fellow animals: in their minds and bodies. ---->>>

I am only interested in painting the actual person, in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong. ---->>>

As far as I am concerned the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as flesh does. ---->>>

I paint people not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be. ---->>>

The model should only serve the very private function for the painter of providing the starting point for his excitement. ---->>>

The painter must give a completely free rein to any feeling or sensations he may have and reject nothing to which he is naturally drawn. ---->>>

Whether it will convince or not, depends entirely on what it is in itself, what is there to be seen. ---->>>

I want paint to work as flesh. ---->>>

And, since the model he faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture, since the picture is going to be there on its own, it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model. ---->>>

The picture is all he feels about it, all he thinks worth preserving of it, all he invests it with. If all the qualities which a painter took from the model for his picture were really taken, no person could be painted twice. ---->>>

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting, what will suit me and what won't. ---->>>

Since the model he so faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture... it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model. ---->>>

A painter must think of everything he sees as being there entirely for his own use and pleasure. ---->>>


Nationality: British
Born: 12-08, 1922
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Die: 07-20, 2011
Occupation: Artist

Lucian Michael Freud (; 8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter and draftsman, specialising in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century portraitists. He was born in Berlin, the son of a Jewish architect and the grandson of Sigmund Freud. His family moved to Britain in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism (wikipedia)