Friday, July 22, 2011

Lucian Freud


Self-Portrait
Lucian Freud has died at the age 88. He was widely acknowledged as one of the greatest British painters of the 20Th century. Known mostly for his nude portraits, Freud was the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and achieved fame in depicting his subjects realistically and honestly. 

I found his work particularly unsettling, and, at times, difficult to view; but, I did like it. I remember seeing his, Naked Man, Back View, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (you can listen to a discussion of this work by linking to the Met) and not understanding its appeal. One of his most controversial and unflattering pictures was of Queen Elizabeth II, who posed for Freud fully clothed. When the Queen saw the finished portrait, she wasn't pleased. 


Freud's Naked Man, Back View
The Queen

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