Lucian Freud Remembered. Images of (and links to) his Astounding Work.


above: Lucian Freud self-portrait (one of many), Reflection, 2005

British realist, figurative and portrait painter Lucian Freud, who was one of the greatest artists of our time, passed away at the age of 88 on July 20th.

Lucian Freud Remembered

photo by david montgomery
above: photo of Lucian Freud by David Montgomery

a young lucian freud
above: a young Lucian Freud in his studio (photographer unknown)

The grandson of the ‘Father of Pyschoanalysis,’ Sigmund Freud, Lucian was well-known and critically acclaimed for his prolific work. Many of his paintings have broken art auction records and he was greatly respected by both fellow artists, instructors, critics and the art-savvy public.

Lucian Freud's Reflection (a self-portrait) with two children
above: Lucian Freud’s Reflection (a self-portrait) with two children

photo of Lucian Freud working at night by David Dawson, 2005
above: photo of Lucian Freud working at night by David Dawson, 2005

There have been many wonderful articles, documentaries, blog posts and more written on artist Lucian Freud (occasionally spelled Lucien). For that reason, I won’t go into depth about his career but will share some links to interesting articles and several images of some of his paintings (please note that his drawings and etchings are equally superb and compelling). There are additional links at the end of this article so you can peruse his vast and impressive repertoire.

Portrait of Harry Diamond:
portrait of harry diamond
Portrait of David Hockney:
portrait of david hockney
photo of Hockney and Lucian Freud in Freud’s atelier:
photo of Hockney and Lucian Freud
Portrait of Francis Bacon:
Portrait of Francis Bacon
Father and Daughter:
lucian freud, Father and Daughter
Interior (after Watteau):
Interior (after Watteau)
Interior in Paddington:
lucian freud, Interior in Paddington
Portrait of the Queen:
lucian freud, Portrait of the Queen
Bella and Esther:
lucian freud, Bella and Esther

He captured himself, friends, family, fellow artists and a few famous folks (Jerry Hall, Kate Moss and more) in portraits he referred to as “naked’ rather than nude. Often immortalized as sleeping or reclining, his thick brush strokes and energetic style were unmistakable. In his own words he “turned paint into flesh” and in the following selection of portraits, that is clearly visible.

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping:
Benefits Supervisor Sleeping
Naked portrait with reflection:
Naked portrait with reflection
Two different portraits of Leigh Bowery:
portrait of Leigh Bowery
second portrait of Leigh Bowery
photo of Leigh Bowery’s sitting for Freud:

An homage to Cezanne:
An homage to Cezanne
Eight Months Gone, a portrait of a pregnant Jerry Hall:
Eight Months Gone, a portrait of a pregnant Jerry Hall
his portrait of model Kate Moss:
freud portrait of Kate Moss
Lucian Freud with muse (one of several) Kate Moss:
kate moss and lucian freud
The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer:
The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer

Lucian Freud was also a dog lover – he owned two beloved whippets named Pluto and Eli- and many of his portraits coupled himself and friends with dogs, like those shown below:

Lucian Freud, 2005, by photographer David Dawson
above image of Lucian Freud, 2005, by photographer David Dawson

Girl with White Dog:
Girl with White Dog
Guy and Speck:
Guy and Speck
Guy with Speck:
Guy with Speck
Eli and David:
Eli and David
David and Eli:
David and Eli
Portrait with whippet:
Portrait with whippet
Double Portrait:
Double Portrait
Double Portrait:
lucian freud's paintings of dogs
Triple Portrait:

Eli:
eli

Since his recent passing, many articles have appeared, here are just a few:

• A New York Times article by William Grimes and another New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman and its accompanying side show

• The Los Angeles Times’ Remembering artist Lucian Freud

• The Guardian’s article featuring good links and tributes to the artist.

• The Mirror’s profile of the artist.

• The Telegraphs’ Lucian Freud: A Life In Pictures

• The Independent’s A singular portraitist. A tireless hedonist. A dear friend.

• The Daily Mail asks Did Lucian Freud Love his Art More Than His Children? in this article about his personal life.

Sadly the 3 parts of the documentary I had posted was removed from youtube and now I can only find part one and part two of the 2010 documentary on the painter’s retrospective exhibit (160 paintings), Painted Life.

part 1:

part 2

Some links to his work:
Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings at MoMA
Lucian Freud at the Centre Pompidou
Lucian Freud on Artnet
Art by Lucian Freud on the Museum Syndicate
Lucian Freud on Wikipedia

Rest in Peace.

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