Throughout his six decades long career, this artist was rather introvert, and his subjects came from a close circle of friends and family. Although he was influenced by Surrealism during the early stage of his career, in the s he submerged into more realistic depictions. By observing the body closely, Freud examined various psychological states through a prism of the relationship between the artist and model, or the beholder and the exposed subject. By depicting the naked body of a living model, the artist engaged himself in a specific role of a beholder or a listener; interestingly so, such an approach seems to be an extension of the methodology inaugurated by his grandfather Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud once explained:. Being naked has to do with making a more complete portrait, a naked body is somehow more permanent, more factual….
13 of Lucian Freud’s Larger-Than-Life Nudes Are on View
13 of Lucian Freud’s Larger-Than-Life Nudes Are on View - 1stdibs Introspective
By Lucian Freud, one of the great portrait artists of the 20th century. For the greatest genre-painting, see: Best Genre Painters. For an explanation, see: Art: Definition and Meaning. Biography The Berlin-born painter Lucian Freud was one of the world's greatest living Realist artists and arguably the greatest living exponent of figure painting. A specialist in representational art - including male as well as female nudes along with various types of portrait art - he is regarded by most critics as being among the best English painters of the 20th century, and one of the best portrait artists of his generation. Grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian is known for his relatively austere style of realism , as exemplified by his brutally honest paintings of friends and family. Freud, whose sitters have included Kate Moss, has commented about his art: "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.
Freud , who died in , painted "Portrait on a White Cover" when he was 80 years old. The work represents Tate publishing employee Sophie Lawrence, whom Freud met when she worked on a retrospective of his career in Ahead of sale during which the painting fetched
A painting by the British artist that will soon be auctioned felt like a radical depiction of the female form in the s. But is it really? Alastair Sooke looks back to find out.