Lucian Freud - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Craig Hartley 39
    Starr Figura 46
    Toby Treves 55

  • 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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Two Men in the Studio (H. 39, F. 46, T. 55)

Etching, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 8 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (22.5 x 20 cm)
S. 15 7/8 x 14 1/4 in. (40.3 x 36.2 cm)

Signed with initials and annotated 'proof' in pencil (an artist's proof, the edition was 25, Hartley records a small, unspecified number of artist's proofs), published by J. Kirkman and B. Alexander, New York, framed.

$7,000 - 9,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023