Lucian Freud

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Lucian Freud, "Sally Clarke," 2008
Oil on canvas, 18 x 16 inches
Lucian Freud, "Donegal Man," 2007
Etching on Somerset white paper, edition of 46, 26 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches
Lucian Freud, "Before the Fourth," 2004
Etching on Somerset white paper, 13 1/2 x 16 7/8 inches

Artist Biography

Lucian Freud


Lucian Freud was born in Berlin in 1922, a grandson of Sigmund Freud. His family moved to London in 1931. He served in the British Navy during World War II, and since then has worked full time as a painter.

Freud has built up a formidable reputation as one of the most powerful contemporary figurative painters of nudes, portraits and faces. His is a gutsy realism characterized by strong forms and arresting detail, rendered with rich dynamic brushwork.

Freud's approach to his subjects is subjective and intense, placing him in the Expressionist tradition. Whether in groups or single figures, there is always emotional tension in the work, and Freud's relationship to the subjects is complex. Family members, friends and favorite models all play a role in the human drama of Freud's studio.

Selected Press

Bloomberg  Freud's Obese Nudes, Bohemian Cohorts Star in London Show  February 6, 2012   PDF (20 K)
The Guardian  Lucian Freud Portraits - Review  February 5, 2012   PDF (51 K)
The Telegraph  Review: A show that proves Freud's greatness  February 6, 2012   PDF (96 K)
The Guardian  Lucian Freud - Reflections of the Artist  February 2, 2012   PDF (81 K)
The Telegraph  Unseen masterpeices by Lucian Freud unveiled for the first time  January 29, 2012   PDF (116 K)
ARTNews  Everything was Autobiographical  September 2011   PDF (247 K)
Financial Times Deutschland  April 15, 2011   PDF (248 K)
Wall Street Journal Magazine  The Partnership: The Master and the Gallerist  April 2011   PDF (1 MB)

Gallery Exhibitions


Works on Paper from Cézanne to Freud  View
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Lucian Freud  Lucian Freud Drawings  View

Off Canvas: Drawing  View

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