Lucian Freud - Modern & Contemporary Editions New York Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Starr Figura/The Museum of Modern Art p. 33

  • 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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After Chardin (Small Plate)

Etching, on Somerset paper, with full margins,
I. 6 x 7 7/8 in. (15.2 x 20 cm);
S. 15 x 20 in. (38.1 x 50.8 cm)

signed with initials and numbered 64/80 in pencil (there were also 24 artist's proofs), published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in excellent condition, unframed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $5,625

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York