Lucian Freud - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | Phillips

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    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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Property from the Estate of Mrs. Anne Marie Aberbach, New York


Lord Goodman in His Yellow Pyjamas

Etching with hand-coloring in yellow watercolor, on Rives BFK paper, the full sheet.
I. 12 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (31.1 x 40 cm)
S. 18 7/8 x 21 7/8 in. (47.9 x 55.6 cm)

Signed with initials and numbered 'A.P. VIII/X' in pencil (an artist's proof, the edition was 50), co-published by James Kirkman, London and Brooke Alexander, New York, framed.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $50,000

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 17 October 2017