Lucian Freud - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Phillips

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  • 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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A Couple

Etching, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 11.4 x 11.4 cm (4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
S. 27.3 x 21.6 cm (10 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. )

Signed with initials, inscribed 'studio proof' and 'to Maudy' in green coloured pencil (the edition was 25 and 10 artist's proofs), published by Thames and Hudson, London, to accompany the deluxe edition of Lawrence Gowing's book Lucian Freud, framed.

£2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for £5,000

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 23 January 2020