Lucian Freud

United Kingdom, 1922-2011

One of the most venerated artists of the post-war era. Lucian Freud is renowned for his psychologically charged portraits of personal relations. His paintings expound the historically significant relationship of the artist and his model. The products of intense, prolonged studies, his sitters are often positioned in isolation, recumbent on a bed or couch, hinting at a psychoanalytic influence of his famous grandfather, Sigmund Freud. His canvases are heavily worked in impasto, the flesh of his subjects laden with an intense concentration of texture and tonally distinct brush strokes. In the artist’s own words, "I paint people, not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be."

Born in Berlin in 1922, Freud studied painting in London during the war years before specialising in portraiture, often nudes, in the 1950s. He has since made a name for himself as Britain’s preeminent artist with his sophisticated body of work, earning a Turner Prize nomination in 1989 and ultimately establishing long-lasting personal fame. Freud’s masterpieces have been collected and exhibited extensively at renowned institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Portrait Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest painters of his time, Freud’s works are highly coveted in the international art market. In 2008 the iconic Benefits Supervisor Sleeping set the auction record for a work by a living artist.

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