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The Art World Loses A Psychologist With A Brush

22/07/2011

Lucian Freud - 8 December 1922 –July 20, 2011

Lucian Freud has passed away at the age of 88 (8 December 1922 –July 20, 2011). A man who stripped away clothing from his subjects to delve into the mind and that human thing we call a soul. Even when he was not painting humans.

Being the grandson of Sigmund Freud must have affected the way he paints and explores humanity. Like his forebear, his touch and his art work are striking and disturbing and appealing all at the same time. His technique developed over time. Something inanely human about that really, but nothing that we as a species have not done.

He would often allow a painting to dry before adding to it allowing the image to develop a thickness of texture and with it a naked expose of what it is to be human.

His paintings have always touched me deeply and the news of his passing brings me great sorrow. But like his paintings, other artists will come and stand on his shoulders and what he has inspired and add to the exploration of the human psyche with a stroke of brush and coating of colour.

Vale Lucian. I hope you find what are looking for on the next part of this, our human journey.

Reflection (self portrait) 1985 (150 Kb); Oil on canvas, 56.2 x 51.2 cm; Private collection

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by: Lucien Freud 2001 size: 9in. by 6in

Large Interior W.11 (after Watteau) 1981-83 (150 Kb); Oil on canvas, 186 x 198 cm; Private collection

Interior in Paddington 1951 (170 Kb); Oil on canvas, 152.4 x 114.3 cm; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

John Minton 1952 (130 Kb); Oil on canvas, 40 x 25.4 cm; Collection Royal College of Art, London

Factory in North London 1972 (170 Kb); Oil on canvas, 71 x 71 cm; Private collection

Girl with a white dog 1951-52 (140 Kb); Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm; Tate Gallery, London

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One Comment
  1. Jennifer Baratta permalink

    Thank you ash! what an artist and what a loss.

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