“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.”

According to critic Robert Hughes, Freud’s “basic pigment for flesh is Cremnitz white, an inordinately heavy pigment which contains twice as much lead oxide as flake white and much less oil medium that other whites.” Most of Freud’s paintings are in private collections. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he does not paint museum pictures. Freud’s work is sought after and kept at home.

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