Lucian Freud - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Saturday, May 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, 16 December 2007 - 10 March 2008 (another impression exhibited and illustrated p. 70)
    New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, Lucian Freud: Recent Drawings and Etchings, 11 December 1993 - 24 January 1994 (another impression exhibited and illustrated p.17)

  • Literature

    Craig Hartley, Lucian Freud: Etchings 1946-2004, Edinburgh, 2004, no.44
    Starr Figura, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, New York, 2007, no. 38

  • Artist Biography

    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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Woman on a Bed

signed with the artist's initials and numbered '12/30 L.F.' lower left and lower right respectively
etching on Somerset Satin White Paper with full margins
image: 24 x 21 cm. (9 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.)
sheet: 44 x 39 cm. (17 3/8 x 15 3/8 in.)

Executed in 1991-1992, this work is number 12 from an edition of 30 plus 10 artist's proofs, published by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and James Kirkman, London.

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$87,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 May 2019