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  • Provenance

    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, 16 Dec 2007 - 10 Mar 2008 (another example exhibited and illustrated p. 119)

  • Literature

    Craig Hartley 37
    Print Quarterly 38

  • Artist Bio

    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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Property from an important American Collection

Pluto

1988
Etching and drypoint with hand-colouring in grey watercolour, on Somerset Satin paper, with full margins.
I. 32.1 x 60 cm (12 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.)
S. 42 x 68.8 cm (16 1/2 x 27 1/8 in.)

Signed with initials and numbered 32/40 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), co-published by James Kirkman, London and Brooke Alexander, New York, framed.

Estimate
£70,000 - 100,000 ‡ ♠

sold for £81,250

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 7 June 2017