The Pine through the Birches1979 by Luigi Lucioni

Asked how his work compares to photography, Lucioni replied:

“I don't think it compares with photography at all. People say, ‘Oh you can take a photograph and make it look as good.’ You just can't, to begin with. I don't think realism and photography have anything in common, for my point of view, I may be wrong. . . . People say, ‘oh we can do that from a photograph.’ I never work from photographs. I couldn't possibly work from a photograph…I cannot imagine a tree. I have to study, I have to be in front of it in order to get it. See, that's one of my limitations…you can't imagine something that you just don't know. I mean, you have to know about it. But there are a lot of people who do work from memory, but I am no good at that... it's as I say, it's my limitation, but it's me and there's nothing I can do about it. I am too old now to change, and I don't know if I would want to change or not.”
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