Large Head (State II)

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  • Artist Bio

    Lucian Freud

    British • 1922 - 2011

    Renowned for his unflinching observations, Lucian Freud is considered one of the greatest figurative artists. He pushed the boundaries of decorum in terms of classical portraiture and nudes in order to explore his lifelong concern to honestly render the human figure, in what he called his "naked portraits."

    In his paintings, Freud's layers of impasto jabs of paint create a surprisingly delicate, translucent depiction of flesh, while his etchings employ an economy of line that implies the figure more than it illustrates it. Charismatic but irascible, Freud worked only from sitters that he knew, consistently focusing on translating his direct perceptions. The resulting portraits are redolent with a stark and evocative psychological intensity, underpinned by an unexpected tenderness towards the subject.

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Property from the Estate of Mrs. Anne Marie Aberbach, New York

Large Head (State II)

1995
Etching, on Somerset Satin Textured paper, with full margins, the second (final) state (there was an unpublished trial state of 1 or 2 proofs before the lines on the sitter's right shoulder were cleaned).
I. 27 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (69.5 x 54.6 cm)
S. 31 3/8 x 25 in. (79.7 x 63.5 cm)

Signed with initials and numbered 3/40 in pencil (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, framed.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

sold for $18,750

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New York Auction 17 October 2017