Lucian Freud (born 1922)

Lucian Freud was born on the 8th December 1922, the son of Jewish parents Ernst Ludwig Freud, an architect, and Lucie née Brasch. He is the grandson of Sigmund Freud, brother of the late broadcaster, writer and politician Clement Raphael Freud and of Stephan Gabriel Freud, and uncle of radio and television broadcaster Emma Freud.

Freud and his family moved to England in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism, and became British citizens in 1939.

Freud briefly studied at the Central School of Art in London then, with greater success, at Cedric Morris' East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham, and also at Goldsmiths College - University of London from 1942-3. He served as a merchant seaman in an Atlantic convoy in 1941 before being invalided out of service in 1942. Freud's early paintings are often associated with surrealism and depict people, plants and animals in unusual juxtapositions. These works are usually painted with relatively thin paint, but from the 1950s he began to paint portraits, often nudes, to the almost complete exclusion of everything else, employing a thicker impasto. With this technique he would often clean his brush after each stroke.

Freud's subjects are often the people in his life: friends, family, fellow painters (Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach), lovers, children. As Freud has said: ‘The subject matter is autobiographical, it's all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really.’ He has also observed that he ‘works from people that interest me, and that I care about and think about, in rooms that I live and know.’ His mature style and the relentless honesty of his gaze has enabled Freud to pursue a lifelong obsession with uncovering the humanity of his sitter. He has an unquestionably masterful ability to capture mood and psychology. The fusion of attributes and environment used to reflect the sitter’s inner psyche is one of the defining characteristics of Freud’s most powerful and ambiguous work. His most notable exhibitions include a large retrospective at Tate Britain in 2002. In late 2007, a collection of Freud's etchings titled "Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings" went on display at the Museum of Modern Art. In May 2008, his 1995 portrait Benefits Supervisor Sleeping was sold by auction by Christie's in New York City for $33.6 million, setting a world record for sale value of a painting by a living artist.

Lucian Freud lives and works in London and is internationally acknowledged as one of the most important artists working today.

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Lucian Freud

Head of Bruce Bernard

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 50
Dimensions: Height 30.00cm, width 30.00cm
Lucian Freud Head of Bruce Bernard

Portrait Head

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 40.00cm, width 30.00cm
Lucian Freud Portrait Head

Head and Shoulders of a Girl

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 50
Dimensions: Height 70.00cm, width 55.00cm
Lucian Freud Head and Shoulders of a Girl

After Constable's Elm

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 31.00cm, width 24.00cm
Lucian Freud After Constable's Elm

Self Portrait: Reflection

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 60.00cm, width 44.00cm
Lucian Freud Self Portrait: Reflection

Head of Ali

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 60.00cm, width 43.00cm
Lucian Freud Head of Ali

Painters Garden

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 64.00cm, width 89.00cm
Lucian Freud Painters Garden

Solicitor's Head

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 37.00cm, width 28.00cm
Lucian Freud Solicitor's Head

Bella

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 50
Dimensions: Height 42.00cm, width 35.00cm
Lucian Freud Bella

Four Figures

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 30
Dimensions: Height 60.00cm, width 86.00cm
Lucian Freud Four Figures

Head of an Irishman

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 74.00cm, width 56.00cm
Lucian Freud Head of an Irishman

Kai

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 40
Dimensions: Height 70.00cm, width 55.00cm
Lucian Freud Kai

Susanna

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 40
Dimensions: Height 30.00cm, width 30.00cm
Lucian Freud Susanna

Bella

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 25
Dimensions: Height 15.00cm, width 13.00cm
Lucian Freud Bella

Head of a Woman

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 25
Dimensions: Height 13.00cm, width 13.00cm
Lucian Freud Head of a Woman

Garden in Winter

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 77.00cm, width 60.00cm
Lucian Freud Garden in Winter

Head and Shoulders

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 200
Dimensions: Height 25.00cm, width 30.00cm
Lucian Freud Head and Shoulders

Ib

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 50
Dimensions: Height 29.00cm, width 29.00cm
Lucian Freud Ib

Blond Girl

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 50
Dimensions: Height 69.00cm, width 54.00cm
Lucian Freud Blond Girl

Eli

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 66.00cm, width 85.00cm
Lucian Freud Eli

Bella in Her Pluto T-Shirt

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 36
Dimensions: Height 69.00cm, width 58.00cm
Lucian Freud Bella in Her Pluto T-Shirt

Woman with an Arm Tattoo

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 40
Dimensions: Height 60.00cm, width 82.00cm
Lucian Freud Woman with an Arm Tattoo

Pluto Aged 12

Medium: Etching
Edition Size: 46
Dimensions: Height 44.00cm, width 60.00cm
Lucian Freud Pluto Aged 12

Pluto

Medium: Etching, drypoint and watercolour
Edition Size: 40
Dimensions: Height 32.00cm, width 60.00cm
Lucian Freud Pluto