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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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Whether it will convince or not, depends entirely on what it is in itself, what is there to be seen.
The paintings that really excite me have an erotic element or side to them irrespective of subject matter.
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.
The model should only serve the very private function for the painter of providing the starting point for his excitement.
The character of the artist doesn’t enter into the nature of the art.
A painter must think of everything he sees as being there entirely for his own use and pleasure.
I want paint to work as flesh.
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…
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.
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.…
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…
Now that I know what I want, I don’t have to hold on to it quite so much.
I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having a look of the sitter, being them.
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…
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