Lucian Freud - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marlborough Gallery, London

  • Literature

    C. Hartley, Etchings of Lucian Freud: A Catalogue Raisonné 1946-1995, London, 1995

  • 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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Man Posing

Etching on paper.
27 1/2 x 21 2/3 in. (69.9 x 55 cm).
Initialed "L.F." and numbered of 50 lower center.   This work is from an edition of 50 plus 10 artist's proofs.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $17,500

Contemporary Art Part II

16 May 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York