As you all may know, Lucian Freud
died on Wednesday at the age of 88. I've only discovered his work fairly recently (about 5 years ago) and I would love the opportunity to dig a deeper into his work. Freud paintings really amaze me. To me, his work is very illustrative. Each portrait he paints tells a seemingly sad story. I could look at his work for hours and discover incredible new aspects each time. As an artist, I would love to thank him for bringing back respect and passion for figurative work to the overly abstract and conceptual art world.
Lucian had such a talent for capturing quiet emotion and really gorgeous flesh. Here are some of my favorite Freud paintings:
|Large Interier W. 11, 1981-1983|
"The painter makes real to others his innermost feelings about what he cares for. A secret becomes known to everyone who views the picture through the intensity with which it is felt."
|Hotel Bedroom, 1954|
|Ib and her Husband, 1992|
"The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as
their flesh. The effect that they make in space is as bound up with them
as might be their colour or smell ... Therefore the painter must be as
concerned with the air surrounding his subject as with the subject
itself. It is through observation and perception of atmosphere that he
can register the feeling that he wishes his painting to give out."
|Girl with White Dog, 1952|
|Girl with a Kitten, 1947|
"The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real."
|Self Portrait, 1985|
|Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, 1995|
Rest in Peace, Lucian...Thank you so much for the inspiration.