Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2015
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, December 16, 2007 - March 10, 2015 (another example exhibited and illustrated p. 65)
Craig Hartley 25
Bruce Bernard and Derek Birdsall 200
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.
Girl Holding Foot
Etching, on Somerset Satin paper, with wide margins,
I. 27 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. (69 x 54 cm)
S. 34 5/8 x 28 in. (88 x 71.2 cm)
signed with initials and numbered 42/50 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs), published in 1986 by James Kirkman, London, and Brooke Alexander, New York, framed.