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  • Provenance

    A gift from the artist to Leigh Bowery

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, 16 Dec 2007 - 10 Mar 2008 (another impression exhibited and illustrated p.105)

  • Literature

    Craig Hartley 50
    Starr Figura 75

  • 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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Reclining Figure

1994
Etching with drypoint, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 17 x 23.8 cm (6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in.)
S. 34.9 x 41.5 cm (13 3/4 x 16 3/8 in.)

Signed with initials and numbered 'A.P 9/14' (an artist's proof, the edition was 30), published by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, framed.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £17,500

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London Auction 25 January 2018