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  • Provenance

    A gift from the artist to Nicola Bowery

  • Literature

    see Craig Hartley 26

  • 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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17

Head of Bruce Bernard

1985
A presumably unique etching, on Velin Arches cream paper, with wide margins.
I. 30 x 29.2 cm (11 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
S. 54.8 x 45.7 cm (21 5/8 x 17 7/8 in.)

An unsigned, unpublished trial proof before the lines on the sitter’s left shoulder were added (the published edition was 50 and 15 artist’s proofs), printed by Terry Wilson of Palm Tree Studios, London, framed.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £5,250

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London Auction 25 January 2018