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  • Literature

    Craig Hartley 43
    Starr Figura 55

  • Catalogue Essay

    The sitter is one of Freud's daughters, a novelist.

  • 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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21

Esther

1991
Etching, on Somerset Satin White paper, with full margins.
I. 8 1/2 x 8 in. (21.6 x 20.3 cm)
S. 17 x 15 3/8 in. (43.2 x 39.1 cm)

Signed with initials and numbered 23/25 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), co-published by James Kirkman, London and Brooke Alexander, New York, framed.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 21 - 22 October 2020