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Lucien Freud
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"What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince."

"I could never put anything into a picture that wasn't actually there in front of me. That would be a pointless lie, a mere bit of artfulness."
 
"I want paint to work as flesh... my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having a look of the sitter, being them ... As far as I am concerned the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as flesh does."
 
"What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince."
 
"I use the gallery as if it were a doctor. I come for ideas and help—to look at situations within painting, rather than paintings. "
 
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