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  • Provenance

    James Kirkman, London, 1987

  • Literature

    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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PROPERTY FROM THE EDWIN C. COHEN FAMILY COLLECTION

16

Head of Bruce Bernard

1985
Etching, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 29.2 x 29.5 cm (11 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.)
S. 50.8 x 46.7 cm (20 x 18 3/8 in.)

Signed with initials, inscribed 'E.C.' and numbered 13/50 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs), co-published by James Kirkman, London and Brooke Alexander, New York, framed.

Estimate
£10,000 - 15,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £13,750

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London Auction 7 June 2018