Lucian Freud - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, 16 Dec 2007 - 10 Mar 2015 (another example exhibited and illustrated p. 85)

  • Literature

    Craig Hartley 51
    Starr Figura 53
    Sarah Howgate 125

  • 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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Etching, on Somerset Satin paper, with full margins, the third (final) state (there were two unpublished trial states before the head was re-drawn),
I. 68 x 59.5 cm (26 3/4 x 23 3/8 in.)
S. 81.5 x 72 cm (32 1/8 x 28 3/8 in.)

signed with initials and numbered 35/36 in pencil (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, framed.

£20,000 - 30,000 

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 11 June 2015 2pm & 6pm