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John Currin on Nineteenth-Century Painting and Self-Doubt

Artsy Editorial
Jan 27, 2013 2:55PM

“I’ve always felt insecure about being a figurative artist, and about being an American painter. To me, oil painting is inherently European. My technique is in no way comparable with that of a mid-level European painter of the nineteenth century. They had way more ability and technical assurance. It’s like learning to play tennis when you’re four or five years old—you know things you don’t even know you know. I suppose in the end what I do is my version of being progressive—that I thought my only chance was to regress in the face of everything.” — John Currin 

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