Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud’s oeuvre is comprised of expressive, realist portraits, most often of female nudes or of himself, but also of various public figures, such as Clint Eastwood, Leigh Bowery, and Queen Elizabeth II. The artist is best known for his lurid depictions of flesh, which are usually thickly impastoed, with heavy chiaroscuro and unlikely hues. Freud was born in Berlin in 1922 to a Jewish family, who fled the Nazi regime in 1933, settling in England. He studied in London at the Central School of Art and Goldsmiths, and had his first solo exhibition in 1944. The artist’s work has been exhibited in monographic shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. He passed away in 2011.

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