Head of a Man

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  • Condition Report

  • Literature

    Craig Hartley 29
    Starr Figura 66

  • 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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Head of a Man

1986-87
Etching, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 9 x 7 1/4 in. (22.9 x 18.4 cm)
S. 20 x 17 1/4 in. (50.8 x 43.8 cm)

Signed with initials and numbered 9/20 in pencil (there were also 6 artist's proofs), co-published by James Kirkman, London and Brooke Alexander, New York, framed.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 17 October 2018