Inspirational Art Quotes by the German
figurative painter Lucian Freud
born Lucian Michael Freud - Berlin,
Germany - 8th of December, 1922 / Died 20th
of July, 2011 London, England, UK
Popular Lucian Freud works include figurative
paintings and etchings of the nude and portraits.
His paintings are worked and reworked over
time, using the skills and methods of old
masters to create contemporary works that
comfortably exist in the present.
+ I want paint to work as flesh, I know my idea
of portraiture came from dissatisfaction with
portraits that resembled people. I would wish
my portraits to be of the people, not like them.
Not having to look at the sitter, being them.
As far as I am concerned, the paint is the person.
I want it to work for me just as the flesh does.
+ The longer you look at an object, the more abstract
it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
+ What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish,
disturb, seduce, convince.
+ 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
+ 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.
+ I have a hatred of habit and routine. And what
dogs love is just that. They like regular everything,
and I don't have regular anything. I have a timetable,
but no routine.
+ 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.
+ My work is purely autobiographical.. It is about
myself and my surroundings. I work from people
that interest me and that I care about, in rooms
that I know.
+ 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. 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.