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Lucian Michael Freud, OM, CH (8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter and printmaker. He was born in Berlin, Germany and is the grandson of psychotherapist Sigmund Freud and brother of politician and writer Clement Freud.
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- I think half the point of painting a picture is that you don't know what will happen … that if painters did know what was going to happen they wouldn't bother to do it.
- Interview with Martin Gayford, Independent on Sunday (26 May 2002)
- I paint people not because of what they are like... but how they happen to be.
- "A Queen of many colours," interview with Martin Gayford, Daily Telegraph, (20 April 2006), p. 3
Lucian Freud : Paintings (1987)
- Quotes of Freud from Lucian Freud: Paintings (1987) by Robert Hughes
- I always felt that my work hadn't much to do with art; my admirations for other art had very little room to show themselves in my work because I hoped that if I concentrated enough the intensity of scrutiny alone would force life into the pictures. I ignored the fact that art, after all, derives from art. Now I realize that this is the case.
- Said in conversation with Robert Hughes, p. 14
- My colour has no symbolic function whatever. I don't want any colour to be noticeable. I want the colour to be the colour of life, so that you would notice it as being irregular if it changed. I don't want it to operate in the modernist sense as colour, something independent. I don't want people to say, "Oh, what was that red or that blue picture of yours, I've forgotten what it was."
- p. 16
- When I look at a body I know it gives me choices of what to put in a painting; what will suit me and what won't. 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.
- p. 20
- 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.
- p. 20
- URGENT SUBTLE CONCISE ROBUST
- Words cited by Hughes as written by Freud on a wall in his studio, p. 22